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Anita Yvonne Vanek Benbow

Obituary for Anita Yvonne Vanek Benbow

May 28, 1939 - March 16, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 80


Anita Yvonne Vanek Benbow, was called home to be with the Lord on March 16, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas. She was 80 years old. Anita was born on May 28, 1939, to parents, Jerry and Rosa Ellen (Goodwin) Vanek, in Birmingham, Alabama. She is survived by her sister, Annette Burdonne Worthy. She is preceded in death by her son, Steven Malcom Sawyer.

Anita graduated from Theodore High School in 1957, in Theodore, Alabama. She earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Mobile College. Anita devoted much of her life to caring for her family. She also worked for many years as an office manager. Her independent personality and perseverance enabled her to excel in whatever she put her mind to.

Anita is survived by her husband, James "Jim" Benbow of Mobile, Alabama. They were married on December 15, 1997.

Anita was a member of the First Baptist Church of Theodore, Alabama since 1946. She was an active and faithful member during her 74 years at her "church home." Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those who surrounded her.

In January 2019, Anita relocated to San Antonio, Texas, to be cared for by her daughter, Susan (Sawyer) Alberto, her son-in-law, Edwin "Eddie" Alberto, and her beloved grandson, Jared Steven Alberto. Anita passed peacefully with her daughter at her side.

Due to the restrictions to travel and social gathering, the family has made the difficult decision to postpone funeral services until it is safe for family and friends to gather together. A celebration of Anita's life and her love for our Lord and Savior will be held in Mobile, Alabama, at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Anita's memory to:

First Baptist Church of Theodore
7125 Bellingrath Road
Theodore, AL 36582
For: The 125th Anniversary Fund

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  • First Baptist Church of Theodore
    7125 Bellingrath Road
    Theodore, AL 36582

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