Fredia E. Benton
Fredia E. Benton, 67, of Ashtabula, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 21, 2020, surrounded by family at the Cleveland Clinic.
She was born June 14, 1952, in Ashtabula, the daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy (Siler) Benton. Fredia graduated from Harbor High School, and then went on to earn her associates in General Studies from Kent State University and furthered her education at Capitol University, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in social work. Fredia spent many working years as a social worker at Ashtabula County Children's Services, and after retirement worked as a home health aide at Addus Home Care.
She was an Elder at the New Vision Christian Church Center in Warren, Ohio, where she graduated from their school of ministry. Fredia was a former member of Hiawatha Church of God and Christ, where she served on the junior mother's board. She was recognized locally for her work as a social worker. Fredia was also inducted into Who's Who among Junior Colleges.
Fredia loved gospel music and spending time with her family and friends especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Vincent (Jacquelin) Benton of Mentor and Jennifer Benton of Ashtabula; sisters, Lauren Benton and Deanna Hughes; grandchildren, Fallon, Halie, Jaliyah, Hawwah, Olivia, and Mylen; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Fredia was preceded in death by her sisters, Barbara A. Whipple and Willie Jean Turner; and her parents.
A memorial service will be Saturday, February 29, 2020, at 11:00AM at Messiah Lutheran Church, 615 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula, where calling hours will be held from 10AM until the time of the services at 11AM.
Fredia will be laid to rest with her parents at Greenlawn Memory Gardens with a private family service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in her memory may be given to the Ashtabula County Children Services, 3914 C Ct., Ashtabula, Ohio, 44004.
Thompson-Smith-Nesbitt Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Conneaut is honored to serve the family.
Online obituary and condolences at www.thompsonsmithnesbitt.com.
Published on February 23, 2020

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Jameka Hanna
Mar 01, 2020
Fredia will always be remembered for her peaceful spirit and her smile. She was such a kindhearted woman. God bless her family and friends during this time. Know that she will live on through you. Love& Light! ☥
Jeff Hope
Feb 29, 2020
So sorry here about your mom - She was so great - when we where growing up she treated me like a son. She will well missed. Sorry I could not be there I had surgery.
Debra Kemp
Feb 28, 2020
I worked for years with Fredia at Priority Home Health Care. She was a wonderful and kind person. I am so blessed that I saw and visited with her about a week before she passed. I am going to miss her. Blessings to her family.
Sadie, Kelli & Nancy
Feb 27, 2020
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Julie Harchalk
Feb 25, 2020
Special people like Fredia might enter your life once in that lifetime, changing your heart forever. She came into mine when I needed someone the most and helped me through a tough time. My heart is broken by her passing but she will rest in heaven now, a much deserved homecoming of an angel who graced this earth. Sending heartfelt condolences to her family and all who loved her. Til we meet again...
Stephen Kosik
Feb 25, 2020
Fredia was a wonderful and loving person with a heart of gold. I remember her back in the 80s and then seeing her again over 30 years later. She gave me a big hug and her words were kind and loving and you could see the light in her eyes. She is now with Christ. May the good Lord bless and be with her family.
Loretta Osburn
Feb 25, 2020
I worked with Fredia, she was one special lady. Fly high Ms. Fredia you will be missed.
Vincent Benton
Feb 24, 2020
Amanda,
This is Fredia's son, Vince. Thank you for sharing your story. My mother was very passionate in making a difference in the lives of children.
amanda allen
Feb 24, 2020
this lady was a true inspiration.she saved me my brother and my sister and placed us in a great home.this woman touched so many lives.