HIGHGATE CENTER — Leona Lucille Morgan Bedard Benson, 80, passed away on Aug. 1, 2014 with her family by her side. Leona was born on Sept. 27, 1933 in Highgate, the daughter of the late LeRoy and Lucille Morgan.

Leona graduated as salutatorian from Highgate High School in 1952. She devoted her life to raising her eight children.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Paul of Waitsfield, Jackie Bedard of Wardsboro; Denise Bedard-Comstock and husband, Everett, of St. Albans, Michael and wife, Donna, of North Hartland; Aline Bedard of Swanton; Ronald and wife, Wendy, of Swanton; Robert and wife, Raeleen, of Highgate, Penny and husband, Jeff Danforth, of Franklin; Julie and husband, Pat Robb, of Rocky Hill, Conn.; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her sister Carolyn and husband, Leo Gonyea; many nieces and nephews, and her beloved Dachshund Ellie Mae and Persian cat Maggie.

Leona was predeceased by her son Randy Bedard, sister Marilyn Pilbin and brother Robert Morgan.

In keeping with Leona’s wishes, there will be no public services.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton, VT.

For those who wish, contributions in Leona’s memory can be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT and Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478.

To offer private online condolences please visit: www.kiddermemorialhome.com.