Age 87, passed away November 5, 2011. She was born February 27, 1924, in North Parma, MI. Lenora received her bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College, and her master’s in Christian Education from the Garrett Institute of Northwestern University in Illinois. She was an artist, creating several oil paintings, as well as being a spinner and weaver. Leona also played violin with the Lansing Symphony, Port Huron Symphony and with Interlochen. Lenora was a Deaconess with the United Methodist Church, serving as Director of Christian Education at both First United Methodist and Central United Methodist Churches in Lansing. Currently, she was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Geneva Sykes; and her husband, Edwin. Surviving are: very special and longtime friends, Karen Schrauben of Lansing and Laura Stebbins of Okemos; stepsisters, Linda (Harold) Stoker of Grass Lake and Kathryn (Leon) Worden of Jackson; sister-in-law, Ruth Coon of Lansing; and several nieces and a nephew.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 21, 2011, at Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Mausoleum, with Karen R. Schrauben officiating. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Office of Advancement, Interlochen Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643, in memory of Lenora Benedict. Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.