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Services for Matilda Marie Tillie Benson, 64, of Ada, were held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. The Revs. Toney Buck and Robert Greenwood officiated. Burial followed at High Hill Cemetery.
Ms. Benson passed away Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Ada. She was born Aug. 1, 1952, in Ada to Edward Jerome and Odecia Louise Alexander Benson. She attended schools in Ravia and Sequoyah and East Central University.
She retired from the Chickasaw Nation, where she worked for many years. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.
Survivors include three daughters, Cara Buck, Lori Rico and Brooke Williams, all of Ada; a sister, Brenda Benson of Ada; her father, Jerome Benson of Ardmore; a brother, Glen Bralley of Newcastle; and six grandchildren, Ryan Rico, Sadie Criswell, Maryanne Criswell, Riley Youngblood, Reece Harjo and Louella Wolfe.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Odecia Benson, and her sister, Louella Garcia Benson.
Bearers were Tim Harjo, Jay Harjo, Mark Alexander, Cecil Alexander, Conjot Harjo, Brent Greenwood and Jason Eyachabbe. Honorary bearers were Ryan Rico, Riley Youngblood, Reece Harjo, Glen Bradley, Eric Carmichael, Phillip Jackson, Clint Hoevker and Colton Cheatwood.
Published on December 15, 2016
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