Bernice Luvina Benefield, 70, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2022, in Oklahoma City.
Bernice, the daughter of Victor and Rhoda (Harjo) Hardy, was born March 27, 1952, in Talihina. She graduated from Ardmore High School with the class of 1970 and then continued her education, receiving her bachelor’s degree in business. In February of 1980, she married Barry Benefield in Seminole. Bernice was a people person, she loved being with her friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Terrie Pena and Tessa Hill-Howard; grandchildren, Ashley Eckles, Nathan Howard, Justin Howard, Robert Lee Murphy Jr., William Matthew Eckles, Derrick Scott Murphy; and son-in-law, Robert Murphy Sr.
Bernice is survived by her husband, Barry Benefield; daughters, Jalena Murphy of Ada, Felicia Hill of Sasakwa, Larue Benefield of Oklahoma City, Larena Benefield of Oklahoma City, Shawana Hill of McLoud, and Lori Moser of Enid; sisters, Leona Mars of Goldsby-Washington, Leafa Tiger of Seminole and Nancy Harjo of Seminole; sons-in-law, Phillip Howard of Little Axe, and Scott Hanks of Sasakwa; grandchildren, Nowell Aguilera, Felipe Aguilera, Vicente Aguilera, Sasha Murphy, Shawana Hill-Smith, Anthony Eckles, Aleah Wood, Tesha Howard, David Benefield, Tay Marks, Amanda Irving, Stephanie Benefield, Andrew Benefield, Samantha Benefield, Danielle Benefield, Lester Benefield, Tara Benefield, and Stephanie Hanks and Lydia Hanks; great grandchildren, Derrick Smith Jr., Riley Smith, Robert Smith, Zane Smith, Jason Soto, Felipe Aguilera, Della Aguilera, Vicente Aguilera, Reagan Aguilera, Yasamine Aguilera, McKenzie Hanks, David Hanks, Jazzlyn Hanks, Alicia Hill, Isaac Hill, Taya Hill, Mela Hill, Andrea Eckles, Anthony Eckles Jr., Milani Wood, Meadow Wood, Amontre Pool, Ameleo Hayes, Ameleana Hayes, Achaffa Hayes, Anthony Eckles, Andrea Eckles, Elon Eckles, Isaac Eckles, Ava Rosales, Madison Rosales, Ethan Rosales, Dominique Roofener, Dasha Roofener, Danielle Roofener, Kesha Pena, Anthony Pena, and Marcia Pena; one great great grandchild, Caden Marks; and many other family and friends.
There will be a wake service, Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 7:00 PM at Lord’s Community Church in Seminole.
Services will be Friday, November 11, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Lord’s Community Church in Seminole, burial to follow at Bird Creek Cemetery in Sasakwa. Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.