Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, May 5, 1917
One Of Shelbyville's Best Known Women
Passed Away After An Illness Of Three Weeks
          Grace H. Benedict, wife of  Charles F. Benedict, who has been identified in Shelby county for many years in the real estate business, died this morning at 6:30 o'clock at the family residence, 404 Washington avenue.  Three weeks ago in the morning as Mrs. Benedict was putting on her clothes to go to church she went to her husband and said she had a severe pain in her arm.  She was exceedingly bright and cheerful.  In a moment she was stricken with apoplexy.  Her condition grew worse until she passed over into the great beyond to meet her Pilot face to face.  There was no moaning as she put out as her life had been one of purity and uprightness from the beginning.  Mrs. Benedict was the daughter of  Granville and Frances L. Haymond.  She was born near Moscow in Rush county on October 11, 1868.  Her nearest relative besides her little daughter is a brother, Thomas W. Haymond  who lives at Riverside, California.  She came to Shelbyville to live in 1881.  She immediately entered the public schools and graduated with the class of 1888.  The following fall she taught the Zoble school in Liberty township.  The next fall she entered the city schools as the teacher of grade 2 and continued in that work until she married Mr. Benedict on November 22, 1900.  Two little girls were born to this union. One died leaving the sister, Ellanore Belle.  From her earliest girlhood Mrs. Benedict was a member of the Methodist church.  She had two great objects in her life, the first being to be a mother and to rear and care for her family, the other to make a happy home by doing good for all.  There was never a day of her life but what she did for others.   In the First M.E. church Sunday school, she looked after and assisted in looking after the little children.  For all entertainments she worked with them, drilled them and loved them until she was a part of them.  They loved her almost as they loved their mothers.  Her entire life was beautiful and sacrificing.  Where there was sorrow, where there was sickness, where there were heartaches there Mrs. Benedict went to spread sunshine and to carry thoughts of cheer.  Her home life was ideal as her life was pure and spotless.  In the work of the church she gave of her time and substance.  She was particularly active in labors of the Foreign Missionary Society.  Aside from the many duties she found in the church to perform she was a charter member of the Coterie and the Thimble club.  In the former organization it was always said of her that the subjects assigned to her received the most painstaking care, her papers and essays being marvels of facts and diction.  That was the way she lived her entire life.  Her disposition was happy and where others found much to complain of she never failed to see the bright side.  That was the reason everybody who knew Grace Bendict admired her.  Courteous, patient, kind at all times and with everybody she left an imprint that will live through the years.  When the recent art exhibit was held here Mrs. Benedict was not only enthusiastic but devoted, much time in making that exhibit a pronounced success.  She leaves four nieces, Miss Nelle Raynes, who lived in the Benedict home;  Miss Helena Raynes, a nurse in Indianapolis, and  Maude  and  Grace Raynes, now in California and a nephew, William Haymond, and a nephew, Walter Raynes, also of California.  The funeral services will be conducted at the home Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. W.F. Wykoff, of the First M.E. church officiating, assisted by the Rev. John S. Ward, a former pastor, of Indianapolis.  The interment will be in Forest Hill.
Submitted by Barb Huff

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