Verna Benjamin

East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA, 95841


Verna Benjamin was born on January 7, 1919 in Naylor, Georgia to the late Joe Brown and Ola Mae Brown. She was the second oldest of seven children born to this union.

Verna accepted Christ at a young age where she attended Silver Hill Holy Church, Pastor Leanard Alexander.

In 1941,Verna found the love of her life and was united in holy matrimony to Wesley Benjamin on July 4, 1942.

As a young adult she worked in the tobacco and cotton fields.  She was such an amazing woman though she was only five feet tall she carried a lot of power and if you got out of line she would say go outside and break me a switch from that oak tree and you can only imagine what happened at that point.

She was an amazing cook known for her skillet fired cornbread, chicken and dumpling, four layered chocolates cake, coconut cakes, pineapple upside down cakes and fruit cakes. Verna was an awesome seamstress. She made the most beautiful quilts ever. She also loved knitting and crocheting.  Verna loved hanging out with her friends and loved children. She always had candy in her purse every Sunday that she passed out to the children. She enjoyed playing bingo on Wednesday – Saturdays and whenever she won she would yell out “BANGO” not “BINGO”. 

Verna moved to Sacramento CA in 1965. She worked as a nanny for Dr. & Mrs. Levy caring for their two children.  Later on she became a Volunteer Grandmother for The Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento CA. Children from all ages including the staff loved her and called her grandma.

Verna served as a member of the Rhodope NO: 63 Order of Eastern Star for a half century. She held all Five Stars which consisted of; ADAH, RUTH, ESTHER, MARTHA and ELECTA. She also held a position as Worthy Matron.

In 1972 she united with New Testament Baptist Church, Pastor C.M. Cummings, and served on the Mothers Board.

In 2002, she united with Faith Fellowship Community Church Dr. Ronn Elmore, Pastor. She was the oldest mother in the church and served faithfully on the Mothers Board until her health began to decline.

Verna loved her family and she will be remembered by her three daughters Vernell Copeland – Sacramento CA.

Eatha Williams – Kansas City MO, daughter-n-law Glorine Miller-Kansas City MO,

Verna was the Matriarch of this family with six generations. She will be fondly remembered by her seventeen grandchildren, Dorothy Horne (William), Otis Bryant (Dorothy), Dale Williams, Jackie Williams, Sandra Williams-Smith (Aaron), Sharon Williams, Timothy Williams, Jr. (Tannikia), Sylvester Miller (Cynthia), Deborah Miller, Charles Miller and Johnny Miller (Regina), twenty-one great great-grandchildren, forty-two great great-great, grandchildren and seven great, great, great, great-grandchildren, her favorite niece Mary Stansell, her favorite nephew Charlie Burgman, and a host of other nieces and nephews, three- godchildren, extended family, and friends. 

Her husband Wesley Benjamin, Lela Miller, Joyce Ann Belcher, Beatrice Miles, Florence Wright, Blanch Johnson (sisters), Willie Brown (brother) Benjamin F Copeland, Sr., (son-n-law), Timothy Williams, Sr. (son-n-law) Benjamin F Copeland Jr., (grandson), Jeffrey Williams, (grandson) and Billy Williams (grandson) of which all have preceded her in death.


  • Deborah Miller says:

    I will always love you grandma, take your rest now, A rest well deserved. From your grandkids, great grandchildren in Kansas, love you

  • Anthony and Carol Black says:

    Sending prayers for strength and comfort from The Black family. We will always remember Grandma Verna and cherish the times she came to visit in Arkansas. What a blessing to have lived 100 years! God bless you all ❤️ 🙏🏽
    With sympathy and love,
    Anthony, Carol and family

  • Rachel Sidney says:

    It is an honor to descend from such a wonderful, funny, loving woman. I am forever grateful for your care and kindness. Love you, Grandma.

  • Ricky Dunigan says:

    I have no words. What a wonderful life. So grateful to have been able to spend meaningful time with her.

  • Sandra Williams Smith says:

    Verna Mae, my little grandmother. You will be missed. You always baked me a fruitcake, especially when I was with child. After, my youngest son Jerren was born, you told me that’s the last cake I’m baking. Lol. Memories of you and Cousin Josephine at my wedding, yelling throw the bouquet over here. Lol. I thank God for sharing you with Aron and I, my sons and grandchildren. God bless

  • Shante’ Williams says:

    What a long blessed life this amazing woman had! I’m am so lucky to be apart of such a great legacy. I will definitely miss my great grandmother and am blessed to have had her in my life. Not every one can say they met they great grandparents let alone have 30+ years with them. I will never forget the love she showed and the wisdom she shared. Great grandma you will forever be in my heart!!

  • Micha Horne says:

    Dear Great Grandma
    I am so glad you have made it home safely. You have toiled the ground for a long time, planting seeds, watering them and watching them grow…..this is Your Harvest. Now six generations later at 101 years old yet you still stood. You have out lived most all if not all friends and some family. What An Awesome Life! Yes! Yes! Yes! I know it wasn’t the easiest life picking cotton and gathering tobacco, but happiness wasn’t far away. No you didn’t have a rich and fancy life….. But you built a rich and fancy family and you showed us how to live a Long Life. Keeping God First In ALL You Do”IS THE KEY” with Bingo on the side. Thank you grandma for being faithful to God and being an example. Thank You for always remaining the same Not Worring about the small thing, Chosing not to engage in much conflict. I dont have any memory of you arguing with any one, except the time you told great grandpa to walk home after he lost his legs……Now That Was Funny! Lol! But his response was just as funny….he was like Low Blow Verna, Low Blow!….Hilarious! 😂😂 Well I can go on and on and on about your Awesomeness, but this would end up an essay book. Lol! I thank God for allowing you to live out all of your years, months, weeks, day, hour, minutes and seconds. Thank You Father God for keeping my great grandmother safe while on earth and getting her home safely.

  • La Toya Horne says:

    Great grandma,

    There are so many things that I want to say in honor of you at this moment. I would like to start with I am so very blessed to be one of the many people in your life to bring you joy. I was able to see your face when you seen each of your great great granddaughters for the first time. I was also able to see you embrace your great great great grandson for the first time. You had such a full and blessed life.

    I am beyond grateful for the love guidance ,protection ,and joy that you have brought to my life. I use to spend every morning with you and Great grandpa while I was young, as well as my after school hours. I learned what real love looks like, I learned how to behave and respect my elders. I also learned how to sew clothes hem pants , thread needles and even take care of plants and clean greens as well as snap some peas.

    Great grandma there is not one thing I would change, add or take away from the life you lived in regards to the time with you, except just more time with you.

    You were so strong, loving ,kind and independent and let’s not forget clean and organized. “Cleanliness is next to godliness” that was for sure what you displayed throughout your Entire life.

    Great grandma,You are forever and always in my heart and on my mind. I know you are with the Lord there is no question about that, and that gives me peace. Until we meet again, then it will be forever.

    Love alway,
    La Toya Horne (Tonka)

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