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YOUNGSTOWN – A funeral service celebrating the life of Mrs. Betty Louise Benford Hodge, 85, will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Phillips Chapel C.M.E. Church.
Mrs. Hodge was born Feb. 24, 1924 in Youngstown, Ohio (Mahoning County) a daughter of Charles and Bertha Gibbs Benford.
She was a 1942 graduate of East High School and in 1947 she married William P. Hodge.
In 1997, she and her husband celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Mrs. Hodge was a devoted wife and mother who spent her spare time as a volunteer with the Jefferson Elementary PTA. She also volunteered as a Girl Scout leader for many years. Her many scouting activities included taking her troop to tour Washington, D.C.
She was a lifelong member of the Phillips Chapel C.M.E. Church and she will be missed by those that knew her.
On June 30, 2009 our heavenly father cast his eternal light onto Heritage Manor and beckoned her home.
She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband, William; her son, Philip B. Hodge and his wife, Catherine of Hubbard, Ohio; her daughter, Michele and her husband, Jesse of Atlanta, Georgia; her sister, Barbara Jean Betters of Youngstown; two brothers, Charles L. Benford Jr. of Toledo, Ohio and Lawrence Benford and his wife, Mary of Austintown, Ohio; four grandchildren, Terrence Hodge of Stow, Ohio, Shanna Cargill of Niles, Ohio and Brian Dukes and Ericka Dukes, both of Atlanta; a great-grandson, Tyler Cargill of Niles; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Clement Benford; and a sister, Dorothy Ricketts.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church.
Condolences may be faxed to 330 782-2050 or e-mailed to JEWASHTON@aol.com
Ministry of comfort provided by J. E. Washington Funeral Services Inc.