Patricia “Pat” Benabe

Private graveside services for Patricia “Pat” Benabe, 81, Lawrence were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at the Oak Hill Cemetery – Natural Section, Lawrence, KS.

She died peacefully the morning of May 6, 2023 at Star Living -South in Lawrence, KS.

She was born March 2, 1942 in Bridgeport, CT the daughter of Joseph and Helen (Benchowski) Woichowski.

She was a Social Justice Activist in Lawrence and throughout much of her life. She supported a number of social justice efforts including the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee and Lawrence Coalition for Homeless Concerns. One of her favorite sayings was that “Homelessness is a visible manifestation of a society lacking social justice.” 

She enjoyed volunteering, gardening, reading and collecting books. She admired modern indigenous culture and art. She donated her library to Haskell Cultural Center and Museum prior to her passing.

Survivors include her daughter, Dana Guarascio of Sarasota, FL, grandson Bobby and great-grandson Robbie; friend, Andy Brown of Lawrence.

The family suggests memorial to Arbor Day Foundation and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary 120 W. 13th St.  Lawrence, KS  66044.

7 Condolences

  1. Erin Yellow Bird on June 2, 2023 at 8:03 pm

    We love and miss you Grandma Pat. Rest in Power.

  2. Venida Chenault on June 2, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    What a powerhouse advocate Pat was. So sorry to hear this news.

  3. Michael Yellow Bird on June 2, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    Love you, Pat. It was wonderful working with you and knowing you these many years. We went through a lot of exciting, challenging, and fun times together. You are missed.

  4. Natsu & Ward on June 3, 2023 at 8:53 am

    Thank you for all the good energy and honesty you brought to our struggles for justice, Pat! We will miss you so much.

  5. Robin Stanley on June 3, 2023 at 10:37 pm

    Pat you will be missed. I always enjoyed visiting with you. You were such an inspiration.

  6. Paulette Dauteuil-Robideau on June 4, 2023 at 3:18 pm

    Dear sister Pat,
    Thank you for your service to the people and your unweaving support for Leonard Peltier.
    Paulette Dauteuil-Robideau

  7. T Carter on June 6, 2024 at 6:43 am

    I love you and miss you, Pat. Thank you for decades of valuable work. You dedicated your life to social justice. Thank you for being a powerful mentor and beautiful friend to me. I’m grateful we met working for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. I enjoyed working together on Leonard’s case. Many, many thanks for being my “Cupid”—introducing me to my wonderful husband.

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