Monica Benoit (née Pumphrey)

November 2, 1936 to September 3, 2016


To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under Heaven.

Continuing on her journey, Monica Benoit (née Pumphrey), left this life on September 3rd, 2016 from St. John’s NL surrounded with the love of her family.

She was born on Belle Island November 2nd, 1936 to Isaac & Mary Pumphrey (both predeceased). Monica was an original copy, a true 1st Edition. Unique & selfless barely begin to describe what a truly amazing woman she was. She lived with unwavering integrity, was genuinely kind, honest, passionate and trusted her strong intuition. Her contagious laugh and spirited voice will echo with us all.

Leaving to celebrate her life are her Darling husband Bill Benoit, the love and light of her life; Rhonda Ryan (nee Hammond) cherished daughter & loving close friend; Son-in-Law Robert Ryan; Grand-daughters Ashley Parsons, Monica Ryan & NaGeara Ryan and Great-grandson, Drake Gruber; Siblings Gerald (predeceased 1940), Ron Pumphrey (Marilyn), Mary Fitzgerald (Desmond deceased), Sheila Mooney (Frank deceased), Anita Murphy (Jack deceased), Angela Houde (Edgar), Gerald Pumphrey (Madonna), brother and sister- in-law Stan and and Edna Temple; brother-in-law Austin and sister-in-law Jean (deceased) Benoit; brother-in-law Leo Benoit (deceased), brother-in-law Ron and Betty White; special neice, Mary Mooney; lifelong friends Ida Bruce and Sally Kelly, close friends Eva & Yanish Lansky, and many other family and friends. We are all heartbroken in her absence, but grateful for her release.

A sincere thank you to two angels who gave gentle care to Monica and provided strength and support her the family. Your kindness and spirit will never be forgotten.

Memorial reception with close friends and family on Wednesday.

Donations to the Children’s Wish Foundation in her memory are appreciated.


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Uncle Bill, Rhonda and Family,

I’ve just learned of the passing of Aunt Monica. My heartfelt condolences to you all. May she rest in peace.

Dear Rhonda, Bill, and All the Family
So very sorry to hear about Aunt Monica’s passing. I know this is a great loss to you all and things will never be quite the same for you. Take care of each other. God bless. Love from here. Heather

Bill, both Joe and I were deeply saddened to hear about Monica’s passing , over the years we were in touch with both of you, we never realized that Monica had been so sick, and that you were moved back to St. John’s.. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Monica was such a beautiful person so gentle and kind to all, she is now free from her pain and suffering as the Lord wanted to take her home. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family..
Joe and Carmelita Johnson

Bill & Family, We were both sorry to of Monica’s passing. She was indeed a true lady, so pleasant and a smile beyond words. we always enjoyed her christmas letters. Our sincere sympathy and may her gentle soul rest with our loving god. Our kindest regards, Carol & Clyde Hodder.

Please accept our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. sad to read about your loss…my sincere condolence to you and your family…my thoughts and prayers are with you…God Bless…..Tom Dalton..


I have often thought of you and your Mother over the years. The times we spent together at Waterford Bridge Road and later at Patrick Street were filled with fun and drama! Never a dull moment with Monica holding court,

I send warm thoughts to you and to Bill, whom I remember with fondness. Take care of each other during this sad time.

Noelle Baker

love u
miss u
rest in peace

To Rhonda, Bill and Family

So very sorry for your loss. Monica was a very
beautiful lady. I enjoyed our little chat at
St.Patrick’s Mercy home.
Please accept my deepest sympathy..

Angela Simmons and Family
(Marie St.Croix’s sister)

Don and Noreen Jackman and family.
Our prayers and taughts are with the families at this time love and peace.6

To Monica’s family,

Condolences to you all! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time!
Helen and Tom Gosine and family!

Sheila, Bill, and all your families;
Sincere sympathy to you all. I met Monica just twice, as I remember, but her smile I will not forget.
God Bless,

To Bill and the Pumphrey Family. – just letting you know how sorry I am for your loss. Monica was dearly loved and I’m sure she died knowing that. I will pray for you that you will get through this difficult time. —

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.. I am remembering the many times MONICA
invited Angela and me to her home for dinner when we were running out of food in our apartment in St. John’s. Monica was the one we visited when we were lonely for home. I know
how much she meant to her family. RIP MONICA.


Uncle Bill, Rhonda and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
I always have such fond memories of my visits with you all at your home. Her love and presence will be with us always!
Love always,
Kim Pumphrey-Bishop

Rhonda, Bill, Robert,Ashley,Monica and Nageara
The picture – is the Aunt Monica I knew! Devilish smile. A barrel of fun! … Grace and Style. – I have fond memories of her coming up Wickham Street in her Volkswagen bug.
I couldn’t … just COULD NOT, visit her the last time I was home. I did not want to tarnish the Aunt Monica I knew. – It tore me apart not to visit her… I couldn’t. … Just couldn’t. … The Aunt Monica I knew is in the picture I just saw – and as I write these words I feel that she is here with me. .. What is she saying ??? .. Carp Diem! … yes she is here!… That’s my wonderful, wonderful Aunt Monica, whom, and I am sure she didn’t know it, (but knows it now; as a shed tears of sorrow – I feel her presence.)- I loved so very, very much.
Nellie/Helen (Pumphrey) Oggesen

My condolences to Bill and family. I have fond memories of Monica when we worked at the Waterford, We had many great chats and good times.
May Monica rest in peace

My sincere condolences to Monica’s family. I remember her fondly from working together at the Waterford Hospital. We had some good times. She was a sweet lady.

Our sympathy to Bill and the Pumphery family.
A special word of condolence to our dear friend Sheila Mooney/blessings,
Loretta and Eleanor.

To Ron and all the family. So sorry to hear of Monnie’s passing. We worked together at the TB Sanitirium in the 60s for many years. Minnie was an x-Ray technician who was loved by everyone who came in contact with her. Her laugh and smile would light up the whole department. Although we haven’t seen each other for many years I have often thought of her. RIP my friend. Heaven has gained another angel.

So sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.

Sincere sympathy on the loss of your loved one. May fond memories of her get you through this difficult time with the support of one another. Thoughts and prayers are with you . May she rest in peace.

Sorry for your loss. You discribe her perfectly. So loved her.

While we weren’t able to be with the family when my dear sister, Monica, died, you all were in our hearts.

You will be greatly missed, Monica. It’s so difficult to comprehend that you are no longer with us.

With love & hugs to you all,
Edgar, Angela, Paul, & Annette

Our sincere condolences to you and your family during this hard time and god bless you

Rhonda,Robert,Ashley,Monica and Nageara and Bill,you all are in our thoughts band prayers at this time,Monica was one of the finest,graceful women that I have ever met.She is watching over all of you from above and you all have a guardian angel.

Sheila & Family.

My deepest condolences on Monica’s passing. I remember you both as such kind and loving ladies, and how you both visited my mom throughout her illness.

May she rest in peace.