Mrs. Benavidez was born Oct. 18, 1946, in Beeville to Eulalia (Mejia) and Paulino Rivas. She married Paulino Benavidez in Plainview on Nov. 4, 1967, and was a clerk by profession. She was retired from the Bee Community Action Agency and the WIC Program and was a member of Bethel Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed collecting butterflies and was active in the women’s society of the church, also serving as secretary for the group and director of crafts for the little girls in her church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Andres Rivas and Natividad Rivas; and one sister, Magdalena Garcia.
Survivors include a son, Paul Anthony (Selena Diaz) Benavidez of Beeville; three sisters, Eva Martinez of San Antonio, Maria (Victor) Rodriguez and Olga Rivas Garza, both of Beeville; and three brothers, Adan (Gregoria) Rivas of Brownsville, David (Mary) Rivas and Ezekiel (Amelia) Rivas, both of Beeville.
Visitation was held from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Angelus Funeral Home, with a prayer service led by Pastor Salvador Rincon held there that evening at 7 o’clock.
The funeral service was conducted Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Bethel Pentecostal Church with Lic. Frankie Riojos officiating. Burial followed in Evangelico Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Joshua Benavidez, Jesse Garza Jr., Jason Garza, Alverico Saenz Jr., Averico Saenz Sr. and Ray Rivas.
Honorary pallbearers were Elizabeth Garza, Emily Garza, Sarah Garza, Jennifer Garcia and Nichole Adamez.
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