Doris May Benedict

NORFOLK — Doris May Benedict, 84, a longtime resident of Norfolk, passed away on Friday, June 13, 2024, at Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury.

Born on Nov. 11, 1939, in East Canaan, Connecticut, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth M. and Edna (Reid) Ford. Mrs. Benedict was a graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School class of 1957. On Jan. 24, 1957, in Ancramdale, New York, she married Orson N. Benedict who survives at home.

Mrs. Benedict dedicated her life to raising her family and church. She was a longtime member, former choir member and Sunday School Teacher, of the North Canaan Congregational Church in East Canaan. Mrs. Benedict was a genealogist and member of the Berkshire Family History Society and Connecticut Society of Genealogy. She was also a member of the Eastern Star and loved to tend to her garden.

In addition to her loving husband, Mrs. Benedict is survived by four daughters, Melissa Sweeney, Virginia Halsted, Frances Benedict and Sally LaChance. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Patrick and Kelly Sweeney, Michael, Benjamin Lannen, Molly Seitz, and Michelle and Christopher Benedict and eight great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a son, Orson N. Benedict, Jr.; a granddaughter, Gabrielle Noel LaChance; a brother, George Ford and two sisters Cathy Musselman and Judith Ford.Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at the North Canaan Congregational Church, 172 Lower Road, East Canaan, CT. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in East Canaan, CT. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home, 118 Main Street, Canaan, CT 06018.

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