Amy Lucille “Lucy” Benortham
Aug. 2, 1942 – Nov. 21, 2020
OVERBROOK — Amy Lucille “Lucy” Benortham went to be with the Lord Nov. 21, 2020, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was 78.
Lucy was born Aug. 2, 1942, the daughter of Lee Tichenor and Lola (Rollin) Tichenor. She grew up near Valley Falls.
She helped on her parents’ dairy farm and was very active in church work. Her entire family was musical and often spent time together singing hymns and doing special music for their church.
She graduated from Valley Falls High School with the class of 1960. She also graduated with a degree in Bible from Omaha Baptist College, Omaha, Neb. She then went to work at Sunshine Bible Academy, near Miller, S.D., as a bookkeeper. Lucy returned to Topeka and worked for Far-Mar-Co grain elevator for several years.
Lucy married Robert Benortham Oct. 16, 1971, in Topeka. He survives of the home. They spent 49 years together serving the Lord in teaching Sunday school, working in the children’s AWANA program and being involved with music and activities in their local church.
Both Robert and Lucy were active in the Gideon ministry where she served in various leadership positions both in the local and the state organizations. They even spent a short period of time on a summer missions’ project in Guatemala.
Lucy loved outside work like gardening and birds. She was also known to be an excellent cook. Robert and Lucy started and operated a small greenhouse and florist business for 20 years near Overbrook, while Lucy completed her degree for teaching. They discontinued the greenhouse and Lucy then taught third grade for 17 years at Overbrook Elementary School before retiring.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Lola Tichenor.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Sara Smith and husband, David, St. Joseph, Mo.; three sisters, Nora Lovely and husband, Dan, Norwalk, Iowa, Karla Alkire, Derby, and Mary Shipps and husband, Steve, Topeka; three grandchildren, Joscelyn, Nikola and Kyla; and many friends.
Following all COVID-19 guidelines, funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, at Overbrook Bible Church, Overbrook. The family will greet friends at the church from 9:30 a.m. prior to the service Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Overbrook Bible Church or Gideons International and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, P.O. Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524.
Condolences may be expressed at www.lamb-roberts.com. Services will be live streamed on Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home Facebook page.