Melinda Jane Benham, daughter of Levi and Phyllis (Allison) Cantrell, was born September 6, 1959 in Stilwell, Oklahoma and departed this life on February 11, 2021 in Stilwell, Oklahoma at the age of 61.
Melinda graduated from Stilwell High School in 1977. She was a member of the First Christian Church. She spent the entirety of her life making sure her girls became strong, independent, and hard-working women. She loved her family and spending as much time with her grandchildren-cheering them on at every event was a priority to her. She was married to Mike Benham November 9, 1978, in Stilwell, Oklahoma. She was the beloved mother of Melissa and Misty and the proud grandmother of Madison, Jaggar, Rylan, Zadyn, FynLee, and OakLee.
Melinda was proceeded in death by her parents, Levi and Phyllis Cantrell and one brother, Ronald Cantrell.
Survivors include Mike Benham, of the home in Stilwell, two sisters Barbara Barnett and Cheryl Eubanks with husband Rick of Stilwell, Oklahoma. Two daughters Melissa Eagle with husband Robert, and Misty Nelson with husband Payton, all of Stilwell, Oklahoma. She leaves behind many friends and family.
Funeral services were held at 2 pm on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Roberts/Reed-Culver Chapel, Stilwell, OK with Eldon Wilson officiating. Interment followed at Stilwell City Cemetery, Stilwell, OK.
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