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Denise Darcel Benford

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July 19, 1956 ~ August 20, 2022

Born in: St. Louis, MO
Resided in: San Antonio, TX

Denise Darcel Benford( Niecie) was born on July 19, 1956 at People’s Hospital, St. Louis MO. Niecie was the second child of 4 children. She was born to Clara Belle Connors Benford 2nd and Sam Parker Benford. Growing up Niecie loved riding her bike and playing with her besties and her many siblings. Her siblings are Mildred Boyer, Lorretta Benford Redditt and Sam Parker Jr.  Niecie loved drawing and writing throughout her life; this kept her calm and at peace. She completed most of her schooling in St. Louis MO. and after graduating from Normandy High School she completed 2 years of college. She did clerical work in the past and also worked at Queen of Peace Rehabilitation Center. 

Denise loved her community although she had some ups and downs she believed in giving back in those areas that were helpful to her when she was in need. She was introduced to Christ at a young age and has kept God in her heart throughout her life’s journey. Denise has very deep roots in several San Antonio, Tx churches such as Antioch Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor E Thurman Walker and Pastor Kenneth R. Kemp, Tree Mount Temple Church Pastor Larry J. Thompson, and currently The Voice Revival Center with Bishop and Apostle Huff. One of the things she enjoyed most about church was studying the word of God, worship and praise. Her last mission was to be a part of the Prison Ministry at her church.

God has blessed Niecie with five beautiful children which she loved with all her heart . Christopher Roche Benford, Nicole Rochelle Benford Monet, Kimberly Marie Benford Johns, Jamie LaVerne Douglas Dukes, and Alana Renee Douglas. Niecie has a host of loved ones that loved and cared for her. 


She’s preceded in death by her (daughter)Alana Renee Douglas,(son-in-law)Melvin Monet, (mother)Clara Belle Connors Benford 2nd, (father)Sam P. Benford, (stepfather)William O’Connor, (sister)Mildred Boyer, (sister)Loretta Benford Redditt, and (niece)Leslie Robinson, .


She leaves a host of family members to cherish her memories.

Children: Christopher Benford(Kori), Nicole Benford Monet, Kimberly Benford Johns(Karl), Jamie Dukes

Sibling: Sam Benford Jr.

Nieces and Nephews: Erica Jacobs, Otis Redditt, Daniel Redditt, Garrett Redditt, Mark Redditt, Victoria Scott, and Jessica Benford, John Robinson, Keith Byas

Grand and Great Grandchildren: Axel Rodrigues, Afu Rodrigues, Christopher Benford Jr.,Brianna Bass, McKenzie Gwen, Nyomi Gwen, Jaysen Gwen, Olivia Pendley(Oliver), Melanie Monet, Melvin Monet Jr., Sabriya Johns, Savaughn Johns, Sanae Dukes, Josiah Flack, Ayanna Douglas(Royal), KaDejah Mitchell(Kamari), Dedrick Young(Huey and Unity), and Ijanique Douglas.

Broadcast Date:

Meadowlawn Funeral Home Broadcast


Visitation: August 26, 2022 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Room: Chapel

MeadowLawn Funeral Home
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX United States


Service: August 27, 2022 10:00 am

Room: Chapel

MeadowLawn Funeral Home
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX United States


Family Gathering: August 27, 2022 12:00 pm

Greater Tree Mount Temple Baptist Church
6035 FM 78
San Antonio, TX United States


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  1. CandleImagePrayers are going out to the family. I know she’s in a better place because she didn’t waste the 2nd chance God gave her. Rest well mama! Such a beautiful soul…love you always!🥰💜

  2. CandleImageChris, Nicole, Kim and Jamie
    I’m sending my condolences, hugs and prayers to you all. Love you much

  3. I am sorry for your loss. May God give you and your family comfort, and peace.

    Diana Vickery

  4. There’s so much I can say on how she played a big part in my life. She help me get my son on the right path of righteousness. She save him from the streets, when he was 12 years old. I used to babysit her kids at a young age and in return she did the same for me.

  5. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
    May the love of God continue to sustain you and your family as the powerful memories of your beloved mother live in your heart. May she Rest In Peace awaiting the day of the Resurrección of all believers.

  6. Praying for Kim, Nicole, Chris, Jamie and the entire family as you celebrate the life of your mother/grandmother. Be encouraged that God makes no mistake and continue to keep God your midst.


    The Kemps

  7. My prayer go out to the Family. Denise so smile and th talk we was great. I’m going to miss u . Rest in peace

  8. Even though you were living in a different state we talked regularly. I going to miss our chats but I know you’re in a better place. No more suffering. Rest in eternal peace my friend. Until we meet again

  9. Rest well Mama Denise! I will miss your hugs and words of encouragement and affirmation. Praying for the entire family!
    Love, Angela & Natasha

  10. CandleImageTo Jamie Dukes and family,
    My prayers and condolences to you and your family. Ms. Denise was a very sweet person, every Sunday I had to get my hug from her and she always told me I had pretty hair. I will definitely miss her. God Bless you all.

    Natasha Aldridge

  11. Nicole, Chris, Kim, Jamie. My sincere condolence on the passing of your mother. Even though she has moved on to a better place, she will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. CandleImageWith sincere condolences to the entire Ohana. Praying for strength, peace, and comfort in this time of need. No more suffering MOM…I will always
    love you ❤️. R.I.L.
    Aloha O`e,

  13. CandleImageGrandma Denise
    Sadness hit me when I found out about your passing, you are truly missed by everyone who had the opportunity to be blessed with your presence. I remember the first time meeting you I was still a young boy, you were full of joy and so welcoming. You were full of knowledge and wisdom, stern yet gentle, funny and caring. Your artistic skill always amazed me from small sketches to full on portraits, your creativity and ability to make landscapes and realistic portraits is what made me strive to become an artist just like you. I miss those random calls where you’d want to hear all of my life’s journey my trials and tribulations, you would always give me clarity and kept me grounded to always find positivity in bad situations. You were always there to help with everything no matter the situation. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to have you my life, I wish I had more time with you, one more random call.
    to family I’m sorry and my heart goes out to you all. Dad, I love you and I’m praying for you.

    I love you grandma I know your watching over us.

  14. CandleImageMy condolences to you and your family, this road is going to be rough so please hold on to the memories and keep your loved ones close so you won’t travel alone.

  15. Hey cousins I really wish I could be there with you all in this time of need. Me and Jessica are in GA mourning together and thinking of our family and memories of our dear Aunt. Just know that we love you all and we are only a phone call away. I pray we will all can be reunited soon. Peace love comfort and blessings to you all.

  16. CandleImageThis is the day the Lord has made and we will be glad in it my condolences to you and the family for your loss of your mother Nicole this day we celebrate her life and keep her loving memories and Legacy a lot may God be with you strengthen you in this time 🌹


  17. I am thankful to have met and had Denise in my family. I am thankful for the talks and laughs we share. I am blessed for the times we spent together and to be part of your childrens lives. My heart hurts that you left so soon but I am thankful you are no longer in pain. I will never forget your laughter and smile.

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