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Her Life

Benita Elizabeth Moore Spears

November 19, 2009


Benita Elizabeth Moore Spears
Mother, Daughter, Sister, Niece, Cousin, and Friend
Benita was born July 26, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, to the late Bennie Lee Moore and Conchita Augusta Moore. She began her spiritual walk at Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she completed catechism and was baptized. She attended Holy Angels Catholic School for elementary education and Tolleston Middle School. She graduated from Horace Mann High School in 1984 with honors. She was a member of the band, track team, Spanish club and Honor Society. Soon after high school graduation, she married and later gave birth to two sons, whom she loved dearly. While attending Indiana University Northwest full time, she worked as a temporary employee at Inland Steel. Benita was very talented and fun to be around.  She enjoyed cooking, sewing, playing the piano and making people laugh.
With much support and encouragement from family, friends, and the local battered woman's shelter, Benita had the courage to end a marriage in which she was the victim of domestic abuse and move forward with a promising future.  However, her plans for rebirth were ended abruptly and mysteriously.
On October 24,1989, Benita suddenly disappeared, causing her parents to experience the heartbreak of losing a child. Among those who still grieve her loss are her two sons, Johnnie Lee Spears, III (Harvest, AL) and Duane Vincent Spears (Danielle), Norfolk, VA; one brother, Robert Moore (Klade), Hobart, IN; two sisters, Dionne Jones (Robert), Avon Lake, OH and Crystal Jennings (James), Lorton, VA. Benita also has a close extended family consisting of a host of aunts, uncles and other relatives who were all special in her life. Benita now has a grandchild, Kamiah Spears, Harvest, AL, as well as ten nieces and nephews who know her only by name.

Benita loved her family and would never abandon them.  
Benita is gone, but not forgotten. She lives with us in our hearts and minds.