2018-02-07 / Obituaries


RAYMONDVILLE, TX- Joy Sorlie Bennack died on January 31, 2018 at the age of 88. She was born on January 28, 1930 in Marietta, Ohio to Elmer Lloyd Kendall and Ruth Kent Sorlie. She graduated from Marlin High School in 1947, attended Texas Christian University, graduated from the University of Southern California in 1954 and served in the U.S. Army as an occupational therapist and first lieutenant. She settled with her family on a farm west of Lyford in 1958 and lived there until her death. Along her journey she was an occupational therapist at Valley Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Harlingen and was an active member of the community, including as volunteer, 7th grade science teacher in Raymondville, substitute teacher and bandbooster in Lyford and, for many decades, friend of the Reber Memorial Library in Raymondville and member of the Lyford Women’s Club and First Christian Church in Raymondville. She later attended the First United Methodist Church in Lyford. She may be best remembered for her artisanship and as a caregiver and seamstress for many. She will be missed for that and as a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

She is survived by her husband of sixty-two years, Cantley Phillip (“Bud”) Bennack, and her children, George Bennack and wife Gracie, Elissa Woods and husband Mike, Lloyd Bennack and wife Michelle, daughter-in-law Sherri, and seven grandchildren, Mitchell, Audra, Zachary, Samuel, Sara, Ana, and David, and three great-grandsons, Colton, Luca, and Cason. She was preceded in death by her son, Phillip.

A celebration of life will be held soon for family and friends. In lieu of flowers the family requests a contribution in Joy’s name to the Reber Memorial Library in Raymondville or to Doctors Without Borders (doctorswithoutborders.org).

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