February 16, 1925 ~ June 1, 2020

Born in: Conyers, Ga
Resided in: Lawrenceville, Ga

Dorothy Jean Owens Benefield, 95, of Lawrenceville, Georgia went to be with the Lord on June 1, 2020. Ms. Benefield was born in Conyers and graduated from Conyers High School. She was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who also studied secretarial work at the Atlanta Business School and worked in the offices of National Cylinder Gas and SWESCO. She loved reading and chatting with family, and had a soft spot for animals, especially her Boxer dogs. She loved and tended her home meticulously, but became a world traveler whenever a new great grandchild was born, even going as far as Guam to visit and help.
She is preceded in death by Robert Thirlwell and their two children, William and Sandra, as well as her second husband, Jess Benefield.
She is survived by her stepsons, Cornelius and Payson Benefield; her granddaughter, Melissa Skinner and husband Jeffrey and children, Charley, Rebecca, William, Abigail and Grayson Gillmore. Also surviving her is her grandson, William Smith and his wife Karen and their two daughters, Madelaine and Meredith.

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  1. Dorothy Jean was my Father’s cousin (Alfred Owens). I adored how Dorothy Jean could and would recount her childhood experiences with my Dad and his brothers. You will be missed here, but praise GOD you are in eternity now!

  2. CandleImageJean was one of the sweetest lady I have known. I have known her my whole life. She and my dad worked together at NCG. Rest In Peace my precious friend you deserve the best mansion in Heaven and please tell my daddy hello.

  3. Dorothy Jean was my dad’s first cousin. I loved her so very much. She was one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever known. I am so sad we could not visit these last few months. Many special memories of our conversations the last few years. She joins many members of our sweet family in heaven. We will miss you Jean. Love you dearly.

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