Monday, August 17, 2015

Phyllis J. Benjamin

Belmont, NY - Phyllis J. Benjamin, age 85, of old State Road passed away on Friday August 14, 2015 at the Hornell Gardens in Hornell. She was born on August 3, 1930 in Bolivar to Lyle and Helen Cartwright Benjamin.

Phyllis was a lifelong resident of Belmont who graduated from Belmont Central High School. She was a 45 year employee of the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Belmont retiring as the Home Economics Secretary and Association Bookkeeper. Phyllis was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Belmont where she enjoyed 6 decades of perfect attendance at Sunday School. She served her church as a Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Secretary, Church Financial Secretary and Awana Leader. Her hobbies include photography, reading and sewing.

Phyllis is survived by her brother Richard (Shirley) Benjamin of Belmont; 2 sisters, Bernita Comstock of Belmont and Joanne Mason of Belmont; a foster son, Brett (Heidi) Ellsessor and their 6 children of Belfast; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Phyllis was predeceased by her parents; a brother Keith Benjamin; 3 sisters, Suzanne Benjamin, Elaine Jewell and Esther Hammond; 3 brother in laws, Ken Hammond, Edwin Comstock Jr. and Douglas Mason; a sister in law, Elizabeth Benjamin.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, August 21, 2015, from 12 noon to 2 pm at the First Baptist Church in Belmont. Phyllis’s funeral will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours in Church with Reverend Vernon Dean presiding. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit

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