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BENJESTORF, Lucille Daisy[1]

Female 1916 - 2008  (92 years)


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  • Name BENJESTORF, Lucille Daisy  [2
    Born 6 Feb 1916  Melville, Saskatchawan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Died 17 Oct 2008  Cottage Grove, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried (Cremated)  Cottage Grove,Lane, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I40  Roddy-Benjestorf Family Tree
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2014 

    Father BENJESTORF, Hugo Chris,   b. 4 Aug 1889, Pine Lake Tnshp, Otter Tail Cty, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1963, San Bernardino , California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother ENGLAND, Daisy Ellen,   b. 3 Jun 1898, Tadworth, Banstead, Surrey, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1977, Loma Linda,San Bernardino, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 5 Oct 1914  Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai. Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F270  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 RODDY, Donald Francis,   b. 21 Jun 1910, Tillamook, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1983, San Luis Obispo, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [1
    Married 1 Apr 1933  Yuma, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. RODDY, Lucille Fay,   b. 26 Aug 1933, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1933, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Living
     3. Living
     4. Living
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F272  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 SMITH, Roy,   b. 21 Apr 1910, ┬┐St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 2002, Templeton, California [near Paso Robles] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)  [1
    Married 17 Apr 1997  Atascadero, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F68  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • [From interviews with Lucille Benjestorf]


      Lucille was born at her Aunt Mary (Wilhelmina "Maria" Haas) and Uncle Oscar Benjestorf's home near Melville, Saskatchawan, Canada [according to Howard Benjestorf, his parents lived on a farm in Fe>
      nwood Township, about 30 miles northwest of Melville]. She lived on a wheat ranch near Melville until after starting school.
      Lucille recalls riding to school in her teacher's sleigh during the winter, wrapped up in a "bear skin robe" to keep her warm. She never liked the school teacher because she thought he made her ke>
      ep her head covered up so that he could flirt with her cousin, Hazel Bamping, who also was riding to school. This seems unlikely, however, since Hazel would only have been about 10 or 11 years old.
      Around 1923 or 24 her parents moved to Colton, California, USA where they divorced about 9 or 10 years later.
      Lucille dropped out of school in her freshman year to help take care of her sisters while her mother worked.
      While visiting her father and his 2nd wife, Mary, one day she met Donald Francis Roddy, an army "buddy" of Mary's son, Henry Stiles. Mary had been trying to get "Ceille" and Henry togrther, but L>
      ucille fell for Don Roddy instead. After knowing him only a short time she agreed to marry him, and on 1 April 1933 they drove his "beautiful blue" Model T Ford to Yuma, Arizona & got married. Luci>
      lle's mother, Daisy Ellen England (Benjestorf) went with them to be a witness (and to make sure they got married?). They also took Lucille's youngest sister, Evelyn with them since they couldn't afor>
      d to hire a baby sitter. Since the car was a roadster, I imagine that Grandma & Evelyn rode in the rumble seat.
      It was the heart of the depression, and there was no work to be had . (Don had apparently gone AWOL to court and marry Ceille. He NEVER did report back for duty!). They somehow managed to stay >
      alive,probably living with Lucille's mother in Colton.
      Their first child was born sometime in 1934. She was born with a cleft pallette and died 26 hours after her birth. Since Don was unemployed, and had no money, they couldn't afford a funeral for >
      little Lucille Fay Roddy, and she was burried in a "potter's field" by the hospital staff.
      Don started traveling up and down the west coast looking for work, and the lifestyle became adictive. He spent the rest of his life moving from job to job and place to place seldom staying even >
      one year in the same location.
      When Don died in 1983, he had mannaged to pay off an old mobile home which they were living in in Atascadero, California. That and a small storage shed with a few tools & paint brushes was all he >
      left Lucille besides a small Scial Security allowance.
      A few years after Don died, I and a neighbor freind persuaded Lucille to move into a "low income appartment" in downtown Atascadero. She sold the trailer house for, I think, less than $2000.
      While at the apartments, which catered to elderly, low income individuals & couples, Lucille met and married Roy Smith on 17 April, 1997.
      They later moved to a less expensive low income apartment in San Luis Obispo where they lived until Roy's health required that he move into a nursing home. Lucy, as she now prefers to be called, w>
      as sufficiently healthy not to be eligible for State financed nursing home care, but not healthy enough to live alone, and in addition, was unable to afford the rent on the appartment without the help>
      from Roy's Social Security.
      At one point, Greg & Linda were going to move off their sailboat and rent a house so Lucy could live with them. That, however, didn't work out. In the meantime, up in Oregon, Lucy's grandson, Mar>
      k Williams, had a rental mobile home adjacent to his house, and it was available. It was decided that Lucy would move up to Saginaw Oregon. This would be especially good, because not only would Mar>
      k & his family be nearby, but his mother, Lucy's daughter Carol and her husband lived only a couple of hundred yards away.
      Lucy lived in the mobile home at Saginaw for a year or so, then suffered a "mini stroke" and found it necessary to move into a nursing home in Cottage Grove, Oregon.
      Lucy suffered at least one other mini-strokes while at the nursing home where she continued to live for the next six or seven years. In the summer of 2008 Luci's physical condition and mental awareness started to deteriorate, and she passed away at the Coast Fork Nursing Home in Cottage GRove at 20;35 on the night of 17 October, 2008,from "cerebrovascular disease". Her daughter, Carol, and her family were visiting at the time of her death.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] File (merged): C:\Users\Don\Desktop\RodBen1.fh_data\RodBen1.ged.
      Record originated in...

    2. [S19] Lucy Benjestorf.