Mrs. Irene Beni
  • New River Humane Society
    PO Box 955
    Fayetteville, WV 25840

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Fayetteville, WV – Irene Beni, 93, of Fayetteville, WV, quietly passed away Monday, January 14, 2013 surrounded by her loving family and caretaker.
Born on August 18, 1919 in Radford, VA she was the daughter of the late Grat Berkley and Ethel Lena Smith Hartsock.
After graduating at the age of 19 from Radford University: Irene taught for a couple years before marring her husband Felix. Having moved to Fayetteville to set up housekeeping, they soon began their family and Felix opened Benwick Feed and Supply Store and Irene became their bookkeeper. Unfortunately, In 1961 Irene was suddenly widowed and found herself running the business.
Several years passed and she returned to her teaching profession in the Fayette Co public school system. While teaching and still raising her youngest daughter, she earned her Masters in Education from Marshall University.
Irene was also an active member in her community. She enjoyed singing in the Fayetteville and Beckley community choirs as well as the Fayetteville United Methodist Church choir where she attended over 60 years. She was a member of the Fine Arts Council in Oak Hill, past President of the Vandalia Garden Club and also the Fayette County Garden Council, past President of the Art League, and member of the Red Hat Society. She also was actively involved in Fayette Co Study Club and was the former Treasurer for the Fayette County Humane Society.
Irene left her daughters lasting gifts; a strong love for beauty and the arts; whether it be music, love of animals, growing or arranging flowers, sewing, painting or creating: all those intangible gifts that enrich ones life; but most of all, she left them with a good set of values, self-reliance and a strong moral compass.
Like ripples from a stone thrown in still water, she will continue to make a difference in our lives and the world around us. Her grandchildren continue to reap the benefits through love of the arts. She will be sorely missed by her family but will remain in our hearts. Her life in this world made a difference and has left a lasting footprint.
Besides her parents, she has been preceded in death by her husband Felix, her sister Ruth Hurley, and brother, Grat Berkley Hartsock Jr.
Left behind are daughters Felice Jorgeson and her husband, Kent of Parkersburg, Theresa Stanley and her husband, Vernon of Fayetteville, Annette DeVito and her husband, Tom of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Rene Jorgeson, Courtney Stanley, Cameron Stanley, Nicholas DeVito, Angelina DeVito; one great grandson, Jack Jorgeson.
Memorial services will be held at 4 PM, Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Oak Hill United Methodist Church. Private burial graveside rites were held at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, with Dr. Charles Miller officiating.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her memory to the New River Humane Society; PO Box 955; Fayetteville, WV 25840.
For those wishing to express their condolences to Irene's family, you may do so by visiting our website at
Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.