LeDelle Bernice Benoit

December 8, 1937 - January 10, 2021

LaDelle Benoit known affectionately as Ladle, Delle, Deli, Aunt Delle and Mom of China, Texas went to Heaven on January 10, 2021. She was born on December 8, 1937 at the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. She was the first child of Arthur Castello and Eunice Gallet. Arthur was born in Atilo Cozula, Italy in 1906 and later immigrated to Port Arthur in 1920. Arthur became a US citizen in 1943. Eunice was born in Eunice, LA. Arthur and Eunice’s examples of hard work and pride in our nation had a great impact on LaDelle’s life.

LaDelle loved her “girls”. She was blessed with two daughters. She couldn’t have been more proud of whatever they did. She is survived by daughters Becky Ames (Rodney) and Beth Benoit (Pam Efferson). LaDelle is preceded in death by her brother Robert Arthur Castello and survived by brother Joseph Ovie Castello.

LaDelle was a 1956 graduate and devoted South Park High School Greenie. LaDelle made many lifelong friends when she was in the Melody Maids. She enjoyed traveling abroad to sing for our troops. She was an avid bowler and at one time held the highest bowling average for any female in Beaumont. When it came to living and laughing all roads led to the kitchen. LaDelle was a gifted cook and that skill allowed her to be the ultimate hostess. She loved to entertain. No one could refuse her fried pork chops, fried chicken always served with rice and cream gravy.

She had an incredible sense of style and impeccable taste. LaDelle was especially fond of mid-century modern architecture. Her favorite color was well known to be red. She loved her red silk sheets and it was the only color for her Cadillacs with vinyl or convertible tops. She became a master of the Desktop Scrabble Game competing with great success against other players around the world. She adored her television programs and was especially fond of anything starring Kevin Costner.

She taught her daughters to always choose right over wrong and always do the “right” thing. She was proud of their triumphs and guided them through their challenges. Her hugs were magnetic. She instilled in them to always practice the “golden rule” and to definitely be a “good sport” in all endeavors. The family traveled across the country showing quarter horses. The “girls” were successful however; if they weren’t on a particular day they knew to make sure and congratulate the winners…”and mean it”!

LaDelle was a lover of animals, especially rescues. She was the proud grandmother of four 4-legged granddogs, Frankie, Misty, Percy and Tank. She was a collector of vivid ceramic animals which adorned every room in her home.

LaDelle was loved by her many family and friends. She cherished her lifelong friendships that held an exclusive place in her heart. All service workers loved LaDelle because she knew the challenges of being in such a frontline position. She was an avid gift giver with wrapping that was so beautiful they didn’t want to open them. She always preferred giving rather than receiving.

LaDelle will be missed by all who knew her but is no longer suffering in pain. She left this life surrounded by love and support, a trademark she instilled in her daughters. They are grateful to her caregivers who eased the hardship of her discomfort.

A celebration of her life and to honor her vivacious spirit will be held in the spring when flowers are blooming and the rebirth of nature sings with the sweet sounds of the many animals that brought her happiness.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beaumont Animal Services, 1884 Pine Street, Beaumont, Texas, 77703

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Sandra (Smith) Ludwig

I will forever remember the friendship of the Benoit’s, Schroeder’s and the Smith’s growing up ! “Aunt” LaDelle say hey to the rest of the guys!

Brenda Whitworth

Ladelle was one of my closest and dearest friends for many years.. We had wonderful times over those years and I will miss her terribly.. My deepest sympathies go out to Beth & Pam and Becky & Rodney. I know their hearts are broken as is mine and everyone else who loved her.

Becky & Gene Broussard

Aunt Dale will be missed by many that loved her. There will always be a special place in our hearts for her. I love you higher than the Angels fly. Becky Ann

Pamela Efferaon

It has been one of my highest honors to have been allowed to be a part of LaDelle’s life. She was my friend for over 26 years & I loved her like my second Mom. So many wonderful memories of laughing, cooking, dancing & getting into just the right amount of mischief. I will miss her everyday. But I am so relieved that she is pain free & at peace.

Judi and Ronnie Benoit

We have lost one of the best people on this earth. Ladelle was truly good and full of integrity. We’ve had such great memories from fifty five years. She was very proud of her girls and they both adored their mom. We will all miss her but keep the memories near. Thoughts and prayer for you all. We love you, Aunt Judi and Uncle Ronnie

Lakitha Smith

You was a very nice to me when I first met you and I will never forget that beautiful smile and that warm touch...And I'm going to continue to keep your family in my prayers.

Judi and Ronnie Benoit

This world has lost the most wonderful woman on the planet, this week. Ladelle was. my sister in law when I got married and a friend forever. She was truly such a good person. We have had 55 years of great memories . She will be missed by so many friends and relatives. I’ll never forget the baskets of homemade fried chicken she fried for trips! None better. She lived her life well and she will never be forgotten by anyone. We love you all, Judi and Ronnie

Judi and Ronnie Benoit

We are heartbroken to lose this wonderful person. If you knew her, you loved her. She had so much love and integrity.., and always fun and laughter. She was an amazing cook, Fried Chicken and chicken fried t-bones or pork chops, with rice and cream gravy! She was so proud of her girls. We will miss you, Ladelle. God bless you, Becky, Rodney, Beth and Pam. We love you Aunt Judi and Ronnie

Kenneth Thomas

We will miss your loving spirit. My children Brandon, Abby and Ryan felt your loving spirit. I will forever remember your interactions with them, the gift of Dudley and you teaching my Brandon how to ride a horse. Ladelle , you will be missed and loved. My prayers go out to Beth and Becky. Sorry for your loss. God bless.

Johnny & Sharon Passmore

Special hugs & prayers to Ladelle’s family. Sweetest ever. We will all miss her. Grace the heavens with your beautiful smile. Much love, Sharon & Johnny Passmore

Carol Born

My Aunt Delle. Such a fun and precious lady. I never had to doubt her love for me. It was unconditional. I will cherish every memory of her for the rest of my life. Love you Becky and Beth! God bless you both. Carol Joy & Kevin

Pastor Dwight & Gayla Benoit

What we owe to such Gifts as your (our) Mother’s, can never be known! Just let them live on through you (us).

Hilda Broussard Arisco

Becky and Beth , I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was a wonderful person . I took care of her while working for Dr. Bruyn .

Kim Thibodeaux

I remember LaDelle from when I was a little girl living next door. I thought she was one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen in my young life. I had hoped to visit with her again after all this crazy Covid mess was over. Just goes to show that time is short. I will be thinking of her family during this time.

Fred Blanchette

Bowling was her game and has been miss from the centers for many years. May you RIP laDelle Benoit.

Lillian Kolander

God Bless Becky and Beth for strength Cherish all of the memories

Scott and Michelle Ryan and Family

We are so sorry for your family's loss! Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time!

Kathy Seal

Beth and Becky, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person God bless you both and be strong. Kathy Seal

Tootie Trahan

My heart is sad. Love Aunt Dell ❤

Tracie Craigen

I have many, many, memories. Beth and Becky my heart goes to y’all. My prayers of strength for y’all in the coming days, weeks and month. I know how y’all feel.

Tracie Craigen

I have many, many, memories. Beth and Becky my heart goes to y’all. My prayers of strength for y’all in the coming days, weeks and month. I know how y’all feel.

Tracie Craigen

I have many, many, memories. Beth and Becky my heart goes to y’all. My prayers of strength for y’all in the coming days, weeks and month. I know how y’all feel.

Tracie Craigen

I have many, many, memories. Beth and Becky my heart goes to y’all. My prayers of strength for y’all in the coming days, weeks and month. I know how y’all feel.

Becky & Rodney Ames

You could not ask for a better mother-in-law. LaDelle was always so kind, generous, caring and loving to me. Plus a great cook that shared her talent with “Becky”. Always up with a smile on her face. Called us on a regular basis just to check in and say hello. I personally will miss her greatly. Rodney

Earnestine Smith

It was with great pleasure to be a caregiver to Mrs.Ladelle,. Even though I hadn't known her long but it's like I have known her a lifetime my heart and condolences goes out to the family. Praying for Ms. Beth and Mrs.Becky and the rest of the family.

Becky Ames

Mom, As you said in your sweet notes, you will always be with us...and you are. Thank you for being such a special mom and teaching us the real meaning of the golden rule and to always do what is right.. Beth and and I and your entire family love you so much. Becky

Beth Benoit

Mom...I miss you so much. I know you are right here with me and giving us signs everyday to make sure you are not forgotten....but DONT WORRY, that will never ever happen. You are the most incredible mother and BEST friend that I could have. I know that GOD broke the mold when HE made you because there will be another like you. ABSOLUTE PERFECTION! Until we meet again MOM, I love you MORE!