Eileen Constance (Tasker) Benning (1908 - 1987)



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in Southampton, Southampton County, England United Kingdom


in at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California US

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at Ashes scattered at sea, in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California United States


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San Jose, Santa Clara County, California United States

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Partner: George Lawrence Benning
Children with George: Marian Joyce (Benning) Kroetch


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In 1929, on March 4th, Herbert Hoover became the 31st President of the United States. Early in his presidency, the October stock market crash - "Black Tuesday" - occurred, which lead to the Great Depression. None of his economic policies were able to make a dent in the Depression. This lead to one term and the election of Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt winning the 1933 election in a landslide.

In 1933, on December 5th, the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. The 21st Amendment said "The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed." Alcohol was legal again! It was the only amendment to the Constitution approved for the explicit purpose of repealing a previously existing amendment. South Carolina was the only state to reject the Amendment.

In 1943, on March 31st, the Broadway musical Oklahoma! opened. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (the first of their string of successful collaborations), audiences loved it. The musical ran for 2,212 performances originally and was made into a movie in 1954.

In 1960, on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1978, 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.

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Eileen Constance (Tasker) Benning, mother to 1 child, died in January 1987 at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California at 78 years old. No cause of death has been entered for Eileen. She was buried in Ashes scattered at sea, Santa Cruz, California. She was born on February 2, 1908 in Southampton, England United Kingdom. Eileen's partner was George Lawrence Benning. and they gave birth to Marian Joyce (Benning) Kroetch.

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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.
Oct 09 · Reply
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??!!
Oct 09 · Reply
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 photos...you definitely aged well :)
Oct 10 · Reply

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