Patricia E. Benedict-Obituary


Patricia E. Benedict, 58, a resident of the Vernonia community, died Friday morning, May 23, 2014 at her home in Vernonia.

A Graveside Service for family members only will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Bethany Bible Church Cemetery, 18245 N.W. Germantown Road in Portland, with Pastor Greg Allen, officiating.

PATRICIA ELAINE BENEDICT was born April 7, 1956 in Spokane, Washington and was the daughter of Elsie and the late Arnold Van Dyk. She was raised in Spokane Washington with her two sisters where she graduated Shadle Park High School Class of 1974.

She was united in marriage to Michael L. Benedict on December 15, 1982 in Portland, Oregon. Patricia gave birth to three sons and three daughters. The family made their home is the communities’ of Portland, Elsie, Manning and Hillsboro.  Patricia dedicated her life to serving God and being a homemaker for her family. She enjoyed cooking, baking for her family, being in her garden, playing piano, educating, raising, and supporting her children. She was passionate about ministering and praying for the elderly and sick. She and Michael moved to the Vernonia community late 2013 where they have lived since.

She was preceded in death by her father, Arnold Van Dyk, her daughter, Michelle Yend and her son, Christopher Patrick Benedict.

Survivors include her husband, Michael L. Benedict, of the family home in Vernonia, Oregon; her mother, Elsie Van Dyke, of Spokane, Washington; her five children, Matthew Benedict, of Hillsboro, Oregon; Michaela Wood, of Seaside, Oregon; Katelin Benedict, of Seaside, Oregon; Nicholas Benedict, of Hillsboro, Oregon and Casey Benedict, of Hillsboro, Oregon; and her two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marilyn and Darrell Rupnow of Spokane, Washington and Barbara and Mike Cournia, of Aloha, Oregon and four nieces and one nephew

Also surviving are her five grandchildren, Zane Benedict, Quinten Benedict, Natalie Hansen, Waylon Brown and Tristan Lamb.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 9320 SW Barbur Blvd, # 140, Portland, Oregon 97219, in her memory.

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Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Vernonia is in charge of the arrangements.