Kathy Culver Benton, 63, passed away surrounded by her family on Dec. 12, 2015.
Kathy was born in Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 29, 1952, graduated high school in Chicago, Ill., and got her bachelor’s degree in social work from Texas Tech University.
Her professional and personal life were both devoted to securing the well-being of others; professionally, she did this in her work with the Red Cross and MHMR.
She did it personally with her loving nature — Kathy always had a hug for anyone who needed one, was never afraid to be mischievous, always took in strays (people and pets), was always willing to do what was best or right — even if it broke the rules — and unfailingly walked her own path, regardless of expectations, with creativity and enthusiasm.
She loved wholeheartedly and without reservation, none more than her family. She supported her children unfailingly, treasured her mother and grandchildren, and demanded respect for herself and for others, particularly those who couldn’t speak for themselves.
Kathy embodied love, humor, grace, and strength with a quick smile, ready laugh, and big hugs.
She was a blessing to all who knew her, and her kindness and originality have had a ripple effect that lives on through those who survive her — husband Ron Preusse and his children, Jason Preusse, Jeremiah Preusse, daughter-in-law Savannah; mother Ruby VanderVelde; children Elysia, Paul, and Catherine, with their respective partners, Kevin Long, Lisa Benton, and Jim Drees; and grandchildren Valen, Vianna, Norah, Ruby, Kenzie, and baby Drees expected summer 2016. She is also survived by the Lubbock crew, Moena Burnett, Sherry Etheredge, Jim Burnett, Stan Burnett, Jana Brown, and families, and the Salado Crew, Shirley Culver, Steve Wesson, Alice West, Russell and Michelle Culver and family, LonAnne Culver Magnuson and family.
Kathy was preceded in death by Cecil Culver, RJ Burnett, Bill Culver, Paul Raymond Benton, and Verdie Delphia Evans.
A memorial service for Kathy will be Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Commerce. The family will receive friends at a reception following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heifer International at www.heifer.org.