Marilyn Joyce Benedict

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Marilyn Joyce Benedict of Winters died Friday, March 24, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. Born Dec. 20, 1933 in Richmond, she was 83. She was the daughter of the late Robert Emmett Griffin and Elouise Ruth Tiller, and a descendant of pioneer families in western Yolo County, including the DeVilbiss and Griffin families. Marilyn’s great-grandfather, John A. DeVilbiss, built the DeVilbiss Hotel in 1890, known today as The Buckhorn.

Marilyn was raised in Richmond, her father worked for Standard Oil and her mother Elouise was a homemaker. Marilyn graduated from Richmond High School. Following high school, she attended University of the Pacific.

Marilyn married her high school sweetheart, Peter G. Champlin. They settled in Davis and had a son, Robert Champlin. Their nephew, Steven Griffin, was soon added to their family, followed by a daughter, Sharon. Marilyn was a homemaker and enjoyed raising their children.

Marilyn married again, to her beloved husband, Francis Mario Benedict, who had a family of two grown children, daughter Pam Haffeman and son Mark Benedict. They first lived in Woodland and then moved to their Winters home, built by Marilyn’s son Robert.

Marilyn was an avid bridge player. She played bridge at least twice a week in El Macero, Davis and Woodland. She loved working in her flower garden and spending time with her family and friends.

Marilyn is survived by her husband Frank; sons Robert Champlin (Lorie) and Steve Griffin (Linda) and daughter Sharon MacGregor (Rob); Frank’s daughter Pam Haffeman (Kent) and son Mark Benedict (Vicky); 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brother Robert “Buzz” Griffin (Maggie); numerous nephews and nieces; missed and admired by her friends and dozens more.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Elousie Griffin, and first husband, Peter G. Champlin.

A very special thank you and appreciation for physician Dr. Sonja Reichert and Yolo Hospice. As requested by Marilyn, there will be no services.

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