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Marianne M. Benham | Obituary


Marian left this world on April 5, 2022, surrounded by her loving friends and family. We remember his gracious gentleness, his courage and his kindness towards all men and all living creatures. We remember his smile, his ability to listen and give of himself for the good and comfort of others. “Mama Me” was a grandmother not only to her three grandchildren, René, Maile and Camille, but she was “Mama Me” to all the young people she met and took in her arms of love and care. friendship. A beautiful and loving mother and best friend to her daughter, Betsy, and son-in-law, George, her legacy was to teach us to be kind to others, to love the earth, and to have the courage to always walk the straight path.

Marian left Arkansas at the age of 24 to go to the island of Moloka’I to become a teacher at the Kaunakakai school in 1955. She later moved to Honolulu, met her husband, Clayton Benham, continued his teaching career at Kamehameha Schools, and married Clayton and raised two children, Betsy and Chip. Later, she opened a travel agency and traveled the world, from the Orient and Australia to Tahiti, Nepal and many parts of Europe.

She lived in Hawaii for almost 60 years before retiring to Half Moon Bay to spend the last eight years of her life with Betsy and George and her grandchildren. Marian nurtured her relationship with her Arkansas relatives, father and mother John and Ruth Mayes, and brothers John and Jim and their families, visiting them often at home over the years.

In Honolulu, Marian also worked as a wedding director for the Central Union Church for several years, was a guide at the Hawaii Theater and was a member of the Philanthropic Women’s Organization, PEO, both in Honolulu and on the peninsula here in the bay area. for many years.

Marian was an island child, and after her many years in beautiful Hawaii Nei, she developed a deep and lasting love for the land, its people, and Hawaiian culture. It was his real home. And his spirit and his aloha were, and always will be, in his heart.

“He pua, oe na’u, i lei mau ai.” You are a flower in my lei forever.

Marian is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Betsy and George del Fierro, her grandchildren Rene, Maile and Camille del Fierro, and her brother, Dr. Jim Mayes, and her beloved little dog, Sweet Pea.

The family cordially invites all to attend a service to remember and honor his life at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Community United Methodist Church. A reception at It’s Italia in Half Moon Bay will follow.