Eileen Constance (Tasker) Benning (1908 - 1987)

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Eileen Constance (Tasker) Benning
1908 - 1987
February 2, 1908
Itchen Bridge, in Southampton, Southampton County, England, United Kingdom
January 28, 1987
Santa Clara County Medical Center S Bascom Ave, in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, 95128, United States
Other Names
Connie, Eileen Constance D'Albert (Tasker), Eileen Constance Barrett (Tasker)
Eileen Constance (Tasker) Benning of Soquel, Santa Cruz County, California United States was born on February 2, 1908 at Itchen Bridge, in Southampton, Southampton County, England United Kingdom to William Tasker and Mary Ann (Jones) Tasker. Eileen Benning had siblings Bill Tasker and Ethel Rosina (Tasker) Allen. She married George Lawrence Benning on September 29, 1928 in Vancouver, Clark County, Washington United States, and they were married until George's death on August 23, 1946. They had a child Marian Joyce (Benning) Kroetch. She would also marry Charles Henry Barrett Sr. in 1948, and they were married until Charles' death in 1950. She and Dewey David D'Albert married on April 14, 1952 in San Francisco, California United States, and they were married until Dewey's death on July 9, 1961 in Soquel, Santa Cruz County United States. Eileen Benning died at age 78 years old on January 28, 1987 at Santa Clara County Medical Center S Bascom Ave, in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California United States, and was buried in February 1987 Ashes scattered at sea in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County.
Updated: October 19, 2022
Biography ID: 38748790

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Eileen Constance "Connie" (Tasker) Benning's father was William Tasker (1879 - 1933) and her mother was Mary Ann (Jones) Tasker (1882 - 1956). She had siblings Bill Tasker (1906 - 1932) and Ethel Rosina (Tasker) Allen (born 1909).

My great-grandmother, or "GG" as I called her, was a strong proper Welsh woman. She outlived each of her 3 husbands and just could not take another spouse dying on her. She worked hard in her later years, moving to Seward Alaska as a nurse (she was in Seward during the great quake on March 27, 1964 and her family didn't know if she had survived for 3 days) and then returned to California's Bay Area, working at a hospital in Redwood City. GG was a proper Welsh woman until the day she died.

From her granddaughter Kathy: Grandma was married 3 times - her first husband was our biological grandfather - and between 1946 and 1961, each of her 3 husbands died. Later in life, she told me that she had so much heartbreak during that time that she didn't want to marry again and have another husband die. But as she got older, she was lonely and wished that she had married again.

Grandma was an active person and always up for an adventure. In her 50s, she moved to Seward Alaska (on her own, knowing no one) and was there for the big Alaska quake. She was working at Seward Hospital and had a funny story about the quake: When it begin, she stood in the doorway of a patient's room - an elderly man. After they both survived the quake, the elderly patient told everyone who would listen that she had "saved his life by holding up the room."

After Seward, she moved to Valdez (also devastated by the quake) for a year. Grandma returned to the San Francisco Bay Area (where we were living) and worked at Sequoia Hospital. After she retired from Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, California, she went to work as a companion for an elderly woman in Arizona. The woman was very wealthy, so they split the year between her home in Scottsdale and her other home in Michigan. But the work was physically difficult, so Grandma retired and returned to the Bay Area where she bought a small mobile home in Aptos, near Santa Cruz California. It had been a life-long dream of hers to live in Australia, but that dream was never realized. While she lived in Aptos, however, she became an active member of AA, a daily walker, a devoted yoga practitioner, and took lessons in the Welsh language. Even in her 70s, she couldn't sit still!
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Eileen Constance (Tasker) Benning
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Eileen Constance (Tasker) Benning
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Connie, Eileen Constance (Tasker) D'Albert, Eileen Constance (Tasker) Barrett
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mobile home in Soquel, Santa Cruz County, California United States
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February 2, 1908
Itchen Bridge, in Southampton, Southampton County, England United Kingdom
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Ethnicity & Family History

Connie was Caucasian, of Welsh heritage. Although she was born in the south of England, both of her parents were Welsh.

Nationality & Locations

GG was born in Southern England (near Southampton) but her heritage was in Wales. She lived the majority of her life in California, Washington State and Alaska after her parents emigrated from the UK. She was a naturalized US citizen


Connie graduated from West Seattle High School.


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Being born and raised in her childhood in England, Connie's family were members of the Church of England. She attended the Episcopalian church when they moved to the United States and attended until her death.


Connie was a nursing assistant in her 40's at Morningside Manor, a nursing home. Previously, she was a waitress at her 3rd husband's family resort - Blue Lake Lodge - in Northern California. After being a nursing assistant, she moved to Seward, Alaska, and become a nursing assistant at Seward Hospital. About a year after the big quake in the 1960s, she moved from Seward to Valdez, where she continued working in the nursing field. Then she moved to Redwood City, California, at Sequoia Hospital. After Sequoia, she became a private nurse for a wealthy woman who wintered in Mesa, Arizona, and had a permanent home in Michigan. She retired to Soquel, California, near Santa Cruz, California, in her late 60s.

Personal Life

Connie was an Eastern Star and a lifelong member of the Elks Lodge. She was married 3 times - each husband died, and she remarried - and she had one child, a daughter. When she died, she was survived by two granddaughters and one great-grandson, who she adored.

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Connie was never in the military. Her first husband had been in the Navy during World War I.
January 28, 1987
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Santa Clara County Medical Center S Bascom Ave, in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California 95128, United States
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breast cancer (Breast cancer - metastases)
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February 1987
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Ashes scattered at sea in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California United States
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The funeral announcement that appeared in the Santa Cruz Sentinel in Santa Cruz California on Thursday January 29th in 1987 reads: d'Albert - In San Jose, California on January 28, 1987. Constance d'Albert. Loving mother of Joyce Vandever of San Jose, CA; beloved sister of Ethel Allen of Idaho Falls, Idaho; cherished grandmother of Kathleen Pinna of San Jose, CA and Pamela Kroetch-Jacobs of Aptos, CA. Dear grandmother of Daniel Pinna of San Jose, CA. Native of South Hampton, England, aged 78 years. Life member of Elks Lodge in Bremerton, Washington. Private family services were held with private inurnment under the direction of Lima Family-Erickson Mortuary, San Jose, CA. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 26007, San Jose, CA 95159.

Average Age & Life Expectancy

Eileen Constance (Tasker) Benning lived 9 years longer than the average Tasker family member when she died at the age of 78.
The average age of a Tasker family member is 69.

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Married: September 29, 1928 - 1946
Cause of Separation: George's Death
Married at: Vancouver, Clark County, Washington United States
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Married: 1948 - 1950
Cause of Separation: Charles's Death
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Married: April 14, 1952 - 1961
Cause of Separation: Dewey's Death
Married at: San Francisco, CA United States
Ended: Soquel, Santa Cruz County, CA United States
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Daniel Pinna commented on May 12, 2015
Great-grandma, or "GG" as I called her, was a free spirit & strong woman. I would take walks with her every day.
Daniel Pinna commented on Jan 28, 2019
Grandma - today is 01/28/2019 and you passed away 32 years ago. Wow I was six years old and remember you so well. I wish I had the opportunity to know you as an adult. Thanks to a recent lunch with Pammy I know some of the highlights of your life married to your 3rd husband d'Albert and your time in San Jose & Santa Cruz, Washington, and Anchorage Alaska.
Daniel Pinna commented on Oct 09, 2019
I have very fond memories of "GG". I specifically recall walking with her frequently. Now, I was very young, but it felt like some very long walks. In all likelihood it was probably just up and down the street or a couple of blocks. One particular time I was walking rather slow as opposed to keeping pace with her. She got a bit perturbed until she realized that I had my right shoe on my left foot and my left shoe on my right foot. She felt bad about getting upset and had a bit of a chuckle.

I also recall her baby sitting me frequently - she'd often visit my mother and I where we lived on 5015 (or 5014- we moved across the street when mom and dad divorced) Carm Ave in San Jose and bring me gifts. I still remember the specific "M.U.S.C.L.E men" she bought me. One particular time I recall her spilling "coffee" on my head. I'm laughing as I type this. GG was a great care taker even in her old age, and it was just an accident. She was walking a pot (or cup?) across the kitchen into the oven/microwave or stove and a few drops of water fell on my head. She was making coffee so once my mother came home I made sure to make a bit fuss over the issue.

I remember the day GG died. My mother had picked me up at the YWCA daycare and said to me that she had something to tell me. I immediately replied with "GG died" and she said yes. She died the month I turned six. Later on my mother shared with me her final moments near GG's side. GG told mom that she was sad to miss out on seeing the man I would become.

I only recall a small handful of memories and hopefully I'll be able to remember more. I treasure my time with her.
Kathy Pinna commented on Oct 09, 2019
Okay - Just in the interest of posterity: the address is 5014 Carm (of our first house) and 5015 Carm (the house across the street). Your memories are from 5014 Carm - GG came and stayed with us, babysitting, since I worked weekends. (Dad and I had lived at 5014 and you and I still lived there after we were divorced - we had to move when the landlord sold the house.) You were a year old when she put your shoes on the wrong feet and you both went for a walk: it was a long walk, about half a mile, and she was mad that she walked every day and here you were, a year old with the wrong shoe on the wrong foot, and you STILL wanted to keep walking! Yep, and a couple of drops of coffee (from a cup) fell on your head and you ratted her out when I got home!

Also, the big one: You locked yourself in the hall bathroom when you were two. GG found a screwdriver (you refused to unlock the door) and took off the lock - you were such a brat! LOL But GG thought quickly and got you out.

And, for reference: GG was only 2 years older than I am now when all of that happened. Old lady??!!
Daniel Pinna commented on Oct 10, 2019
Thank you for posting - that's the point of AncientFaces: to share our memories as we remember them :) And WOW! Only 2 years older? That is nuts to think about. Comparing definitely aged well :)

1908 - 1987 World Events

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In 1908, in the year that Eileen Constance (Tasker) Benning was born, Henry Ford developed the first Model T automobile, often called the Tin Lizzy or flivver. Produced from 1908 through 1927, it first sold for $850 - which made it affordable for every middle class family. Previously, cars were the province of the upper class and the introduction of the Model T and its availability changed U.S. culture. Within days of its release, over 15,000 cars had been ordered.

In 1933, at the age of 25 years old, Eileen was alive when on March 4th, Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the 32nd President of the United States. He was elected four times (equaled by no other President) and guided the United States through the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and World War 2. His wife was his cousin Eleanor Roosevelt (Teddy Roosevelt's niece) who President Truman called "First Lady of the World". Some of the major programs that survive from his presidency are the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wagner Act (The National Labor Relations Act of 1935) , the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Social Security.

In 1966, by the time she was 58 years old, on September 8th, the first Star Trek episode, "The Man Trap," was broadcast on NBC. The plot concerned a creature that sucked salt from human bodies. The original series only aired for 3 seasons due to low ratings.

In 1978, by the time she was 70 years old, on July 25th, Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby", was born at Oldham Hospital in London. Louise was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), a controversial and experimental procedure at the time.

In 1987, in the year of Eileen Constance (Tasker) Benning's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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