Adelina Benne was born Adelina Cardenas on December 16, 1918, in Rubio, Venezuela. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 27, 2016. She was the second oldest of nine children, and she has outlived them all. She graduated as a registered nurse in 1943. This fulfilled a childhood dream, and resulted in a long and rewarding career in nursing. She went to work for the Socony (eventually named Mobil) Oil Company, becoming head nurse at the employee's hospital. Socony sent her to Ann Arbor, Mich., to study English. There she met Paul Tonguette, her future husband who was 20 years her senior. Paul died in 1969, following several years in a nursing home due to a stroke.
After Adelina was widowed, she moved to Houston as a private duty nurse. She returned to Oklahoma and eventually retired in her late 60's. However, retirement did not agree with her, and she returned to nursing, serving as a hospice nurse into her 70's. She traveled extensively, leaving her with fond memories of Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Hawaii, and ultimately, Portugal where she was very moved by the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Her favorite experience was traveling to Rome with Father Gerald Mayfield in the early 1980's and meeting the Pope. In 1984 she went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and met Earl Benne, who she married on April 19, 1985. Earl has a large family that welcomed her into their fold.
Adelina is survived by many Benne family members; her husband, Earl; daughter, Zaida Shilling; grandson, Sean Smith, and nephew, Gregory Guirtain.
Adelina believed that we are here to help others, particularly those in need. She lived life to the fullest with a wonderful sense of style, and a great love of children. She became involved in many youth activities including the Care and Share Club of Christ the King. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but we know she is in God's hands. The family gives special thanks to Oneta McDaniel, Grace Living Center, and Good Shepherd Hospice for the wonderful care they gave Adelina in recent years.
Rosary will be 7 p.m. Friday July 29 at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at St. John's Catholic Church in Edmond. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catholic Charities. You may leave condolences for the family at www.matthewsfuneralhome.com.
Published on July 28, 2016