Jenifer Jane Sneddon Benns was born on March 27, 1947 in Du Quoin, IL. She went to spend eternity with her Savior on January 1, 2023 in Benton, IL. She grew up in Christopher, IL where she graduated High school and then completed two years at Kaskaskia College in Centralia, IL. She married the love of her life, Lyman (Butch) L. Benns, Jr., on June 8, 1969.
Her first job was at the Sewing Factory in Benton, IL where she worked to save money to buy her first car a 1965 GTO. She worked several jobs throughout the years and had her realtor’s license. However, owning and operating Printer’s Inc. was her greatest occupational achievement. She successfully ran her business for 16 years. Helping other businesses succeed was her passion.
She was a charter member of Christ’s View Christian Church in Christopher, IL. Over the many years that she served there, she enjoyed teaching Vacation Bible School, attending Bible Studies and working the computer system for the Church.
She had many interests that kept her busy. Some of them were genealogy, Swedish Weaving, painting, reading and wood burning art. She was very creative, quick witted and was a walking dictionary. One of her favorite games to play was Boggle. But her biggest passion was her Lord and her family. She enjoyed playing games, having tea parties and watching movies with her grandchildren. She loved that she could “swap clothes” with her granddaughters.
She was an extremely giving person. She was always ready to use her skills to help others. She often did genealogy projects for others, took food to the sick and was there to lend a listening ear. While wintering in Texas, she would do volunteer work for the Church, for people less fortunate than her and was always willing to give everything she had.
Even though she did all these things, her best time was with the love of her life, Lyman Benns, Jr. They enjoyed taking trips, ballroom dancing, going for rides in the convertible, spending time with friends and family and just being together. Their love was truly one of a kind.
She was preceded in death by her Mother, Uneeda Sneddon Lewis; Father, Josiah Sneddon; Step-father, David Lewis; Mother-in-law, Margaret Smith Benns; Father-in-law, Lyman L. Benns, Sr.; Brother James Sneddon; Brother, George Lewis; Sister-in-law, Nellie Lewis, Sister-in-law, Mikkell Geanne Sneddon and Brother-in-law Steve Benns. Her surviving family includes Husband, Lyman L. Benns, Jr.; Children, Julie Benns (Michael) Greisz and Eric (Lora) Benns; Grandchildren, Caleb Garascia (Kayela Thomas), Logan Gayer, Ashlei Kraemer (Andrew), Anna Greisz, Thomas Greisz, Vanessa Greisz, Skyler Greisz, Isaac Benns, Madison Benns and Gabriella Benns. She has one Great-grandchild Evan Garascia who she called “her littlest love”. Her Brother-in-law James Benns (Beth), Dennis Benns (Valerie), Mike Benns and Sister-in-law Mary Anne Benns Kline Her nieces and Nephews include Amy Sneddon, Andrew Sneddon, Angie Wray, Adam Benns (Deeann), Deni Lynn Stallons (Paul), Lacey Owens (Justin), Jamie Hargraves (Robert), Shauna Martinez (Mario), Jeremy Benns, Nikita Coleman (Tae), Marsha Schuster (Ken), Angela Austin (Mark) many great nieces and nephews and cousin David Garvin (Brenda).
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, January 6th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Ron Henwood & Jim Graddy officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 11:00 A.M. on Friday at the funeral home
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ’s View Christian Church in Christopher, IL.
Christ's View Christian Church
4266 Pyramid Road, Christopher IL 62822