Ruth Medora Rissing Benjamin Dies at 83

Ruth Medora RisRuth Medora Rissing Benjamin,sing Benjamin of Christiansted, St. Croix, died on Saturday, July 23. She was 83 years old.
Born June 15, 1933, in Christiansted, St. Croix, she was the daughter of the late Alma Christian and the late Valdimar Rissing.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Ulric E. Benjamin Sr.; seven children: Cindy Webb (Reginald) (Delco, N.C.), Angeli Benjamin (Tampa, Fla.), Cecile Hernandez (Orlando, Fla.), Ulric E. Benjamin Jr. (Georgina) (Christiansted, St. Croix), Beatrice Gumbs (Joel) (Christiansted, St. Croix), Ruth Benjamin (Tampa, Fla.) and Alma Mitchell (Daryll Sr.) (Tampa, Fla.); sisters: Doreen Hay and Mildred Knight (Christiansted, St. Croix); and brothers: Hans Rissing and Kamale Mabue (Christiansted, St. Croix).
She is also survived by grandchildren: Melissa, Garon, Jonathan, Michael, Daren, Jarrod, Delisa, Shianne and Daryll Jr.; great-grandchildren: Shaquanee’, Kheymara, Michael Jr., Mikeysha, Kheymesha, Ge’Kari, Kamara, Khe’Nya, Bryce and Brynn; sisters-in-law: Lucinda Benjamin, Gladys Rissing (Winston) and Marie Rissing (Valdimar); a host of nieces and nephews from the Hay, Knight, Rissing, Jackson and Mabue families; as well as numerous relatives to include the Mason, Simmonds, Urgent, Christian, Bough, Thompson, Thurland, Hansen, Jackson, Miller, Petersen, Howell and Harvey families.
She is preceded in death by her brothers: Valdemar Rissing, Winston Rissing and Raymond Jackson.
A viewing will be held at 9:30 a.m. and a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Kingshill Cemetery.
The memory of Ruth Benjamin may be honored by donations to St. Mary’s School, 2184 Queen Street, Christiansted, St. Croix 00820-4848, where she taught and administered for 34 years.

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