Shirley A. Benston, 94

Shirley A. Benston, 94, of Selbyville, Del., passed away at home, to be with the Lord, on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. She was born in Salisbury, Md., daughter of the late James Reese Gault and Maryland (Richardson) Gault.

She was a homemaker and a lifetime member of Roxana United Methodist Church.

Benston was preceded in death by her husband, Rulith V. Benston, in 2002; a brother, Robert Gault, in 2017; and a grandson, Brady R. Layton, in 1998. She is survived by a son, Donald W. Benston of Frankford, Del.; two daughters, Beverly S. Layton and her husband, Ross, of Quinby, Va., and Delores M. Helms and her husband, Reginald, of Millsboro, Del.; a sister, Patricia Warrington of Selbyville; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was to be held July 26, 2019, at Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville, Del., with the Rev. Olin Shockley officiating. Burial was to follow at Bishopville (Md.) Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Roxana U.M. Church, c/o Mary Jane Bennett; 38311 River Birch Dr.; Selbyville, DE 19975. Condolences may be sent online at