LeRoy and Margaret
Margaret Benoit
  • 92 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 3, 1918
  • Date of passing: Feb 8, 2011
There's a little boy waiting for me.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Margaret Benoit (otherwise known as Nammie) who was born on April 3, 1918 and passed away on February 8, 2011. We will remember her forever and cherish those memories in our hearts.

To celebrate Margaret's life, and in lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Calcasieu Parish Public Library, Children's Book Fund: In Memoriam of Margaret Benoit, 301 W. Claude St., Lake Charles, LA 70605


Join us for a graveside memorial at Prien Memorial Parkin in Lake Charles, LA (on Country Club Road off Nelson) on Saturday, February 19th at 2pm.




Margaret Rush Braswell Benoit passed from this life February 8th, 2011, at age 92, surrounded by family.  She was born April 3rd, 1918, in Mansfield, LA, and grew up in Haynesville and Arcadia, where she was living at the time of that town’s most famous event, the ambush of legendary outlaws Bonnie and Clyde.  From valedictorian at Arcadia High, Margaret moved onto the Honor Roll at Louisiana Normal School, now Northwestern State University.  After graduation, she ventured south and for five years taught 5th grade at Westlake Elementary.  During that time she met the dashing LeRoy Benoit and freelanced as Westlake social correspondent for the Lake Charles American Press.  When they married she left teaching and moved to Lake Charles.

            Margaret’s love of language and knowledge could not be long restrained, she continued with the paper, interviewing political figures like Chep Morrison and Ronald Reagan, and covering events like Hurricane Audrey and the trial of Wilbert Rideau.  She eventually became Lake Charles correspondent for the Beaumont Enterprise, the Beaumont Journal, and the Shreveport Times, which named her Correspondent of the Year in 1961. 

            Meanwhile, Margaret and Leroy’s family was growing.  Dennis arrived in 1947, Elizabeth “Betty” in 1950, Yvonne in 1952, and Michelle in 1957.  Then, in 1961, tragedy struck when LeRoy was killed in a plant explosion at the Conoco facility in Westlake.  Now a single mother, Margaret was confronted with tragedy again when her only son was killed in a car accident in 1966.

            Margaret eventually became librarian at Oak Park Junior High.  She continued her education, earning a Masters +30, and watched her daughters earn their own degrees and begin families.  Margaret’s love of travel took her to over two dozen countries, and every continent except Australia; but most of all she loved to be at her fishing camps on the West Fork of the Calcasieu River.

            She is survived by her three daughters; her grandchildren, Philip Hall II, Aaron Richardson, Kevin Richardson, and Lara Hall; and great-grandchild Simone Richardson. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Dr. Wayne Dominick on 3rd April 2015

"My mother passed away on February 12, 2015 after 100 Valentine Birthdays (2 days before her 101st) ... I know your grief ... best to all ... Wayne Dominick"

This tribute was added by Phil Hall on 8th February 2015

"Love you Nammie!"

This tribute was added by Dr. Wayne Dominick on 8th February 2015

"Continued condolences to the entire family ... Wayne & Joan"

This tribute was added by Yvonne Benoit Hall on 8th February 2012

"I love you Mom! Whithout you I wouldn't be here.Thanks for everything!!"

This tribute was added by Phil Hall on 8th February 2012

"We still miss you Nammy!"

This tribute was added by Sue Coffman on 1st March 2011

"Dear Michelle
I am so sorry to hear about your mother's passing.  You must miss her terribly but I'm sure the love and support of your family and friends (of which I know you have many) will help you get through this difficult time.
Much love ~ Sue"

This tribute was added by Carol Silverman on 1st March 2011

"Dear Michelle, Although I never met your mother, I was very moved reading about her strength and wide cultural pursuits. I'm sure you, your siblings, Glen and the grandchildren will always hold her dear in your hearts.
Love, Carol Silverman"

This tribute was added by Dr. Wayne Dominick on 27th February 2011

"All our condolences to the entire family ... Wayne / Joan / Brian / Wendy Dominick"

This tribute was added by Tara Knerr Groda on 21st February 2011

"I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Nammie.  I will always have a special place in my heart for her and the rest of the family.  

This tribute was added by Mary Ann Goudeau on 17th February 2011

"I have such fond memories of Aunt Margaret, Uncle LeRoy and Dennis Earl.  Hope you girls know I love and think of you often.  Aunt Margaret was the first one to take me to a public library.  She was a "grand lady" and I will remember her forever. lol Mary Ann  P.S.  Betty, I still want your long blonde hair."

This tribute was added by susan levitas on 16th February 2011

"Your mama sounds like an amazing woman -- strong, loving, smart, hard-working. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you big love and hugs from Atlanta, Susan and Jake"

This tribute was added by Wayne Pitre on 16th February 2011

"We did not know Michelle's mother but if she was any thing like her daughter the loss was ours. We are thinking about anf praying for Michelle, Glen, and the rest of the family.

Wayne and Marie P"

This tribute was added by Andrea Mariano on 14th February 2011

"Simon & I were so sad to hear about your mother passing.  Not knowing her, I loved reading the comments here about your mother.  This was such a nice idea.  We will catch up with you soon.  Love, Andrea & Simon"

This tribute was added by Melanie Pitre on 13th February 2011

"Michelle, I enjoyed knowing your mother and enjoyed viewing this wonderful celebration of  her life. The pictures and stories are beautiful. Holland and I send our love to you and your sisters."

This tribute was added by GLENDA BLANCHARD on 13th February 2011

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you, letting go of a beloved Parent is never easy. May your beautiful memories sustain you during this time.  
XOXO,   Glenda & Jesse"

This tribute was added by Aline Baldwin on 12th February 2011

"Michelle, your mom was a real character - I remember the way she would hole herself up in the house during the week of Wimbeldom. I hope that when we are remembered one day that we will be remembered as "characters" too.  Life is no fun if you are boring!"

This tribute was added by Colin Gravois on 12th February 2011

"Hamida and I are deeply saddened by your loss and send you and Glen our most heathfelt sympathy. We were not priviledged to have met her but knowing the kind of daughter she produced gives us an idea of what kind of mother and human being she was. All our love to you two at this difficult time.....Colin & Hamida Gravois, Paris, France."

This tribute was added by Adley Cormier on 11th February 2011

"Melinda and I are saddened by your loss and we send our deepest condolences.  Your mom was a crackerjack and she loved you both very much.  In a very strange coincidence, February 8 is also the anniversary of both by mother's demise and my father's demise (one year apart)."

This tribute was added by Joseph Graziosi on 11th February 2011

"Dear Michelle
My heart goes out to you and Glenn in the passing away of your beloved Nammie. Aionia I Mnimi Tis...may her memory be eternal.
Love always
Joe G"

This tribute was added by jk naps on 11th February 2011

"what a time of passings ... I hope it was easy for her.  

I send my love... Jana"

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