Jennifer Mona (Benson) Lazenby, 42, of Glencoe, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 in Tulsa with her loving family at her side. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home of Stillwater and a funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 2pm on Monday, August 22, 2016 at the Glencoe High School gym with burial to follow at Bethel Cemetery south of Glencoe. Public visitation will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 1pm to 6pm with the family greeting friends at the funeral home from 4pm-6pm Sunday evening.
Jennifer Mona Benson was born on July 16, 1974 in Bartlesville, OK to Lonnie Harold Benson and Patty Ann (Davis) Benson. She was raised in Wann, OK and graduated from Oklahoma Union High School in South Coffeyville, OK in 1992. Later that year she married the love of her life, John Lazenby at Wann First Baptist Church.
In 1997, Jennifer graduated from OSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Education while pregnant with her fourth child. Jennifer and John would go on to raise 7 children during their 24 wonderful years together. Their teaching careers took them to Drummond, Cyril, Chattanooga, Agra, Cement, and finally to Glencoe., where she has served as the title 1 reading teacher and John served as school superintendant since 2008.
Jennifer was a selfless woman who possessed a quiet strength. She was loyal and reliable and always had an encouraging word or sound advice for her friends and family. She always put the needs of others before her own and she dedicated her life to nurturing her children, as well as the children she was entrusted to teach each day at school.
Those who knew her best knew that her two priorities were her faith and her family. As a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Glencoe, Jennifer strived to share her profound love for Christ by teaching the elementary Sunday school class for several years. She also enjoyed listening to contemporary Christian worship, a preference she shared with her daughter Chelsea.
She loved to be surrounded by her family and she cherished the days she got to spend with them at school. She also loved to bake her kid's birthday cakes and make special slide shows with the many pictures they took together. Jennifer was a loving and supportive mother who was proud to be labeled a "basketball mom."She quietly but proudly cheered on her kids and often served as the score and stat keeper for their different teams. Jennifer dedication to her family was inspiring . Even during the difficult days that she struggled with her health issues, her concern was always for John, her children and her grandchildren. She often remarked that she was ready and excited to meet the Lord, but wished she didn't have to leave her family to do so.
The Lazenby family takes comfort in knowing that Jennifer has finally realized the promise of heaven, that they will see her again, and that her legacy of uncompromised integrity and unconditional love will live on through the lives of her children, grandchildren and the countless students she has impacted over the course of her career.
Jennifer Lazenby was preceded in death by her father Lonnie Harold Benson, grandparents Paul and Fern Benson, and father in law John Lazenby Sr.
She is survived by her husband John Lazenby Jr of Glencoe; mother Patty Miller and husband Joe of S. Coffeeville, OK; seven children: Greg Hamilton and wife Cindy of Mannford, John Lazenby III of Glencoe, Jake Lazenby of Stillwater, and Ty Lazenby, Chelsea Lazenby, Trey Lazenby, and Cale Lazenby, all of Glencoe. Three grandchildren: Olivia, Paisley, and Jase Hamilton. Two siblings: Amy Deacon and husband Tim of Independence, KS and Lona Vyrostek and husband Chad of Glencoe. In laws: Juanita and Gary Kearns of Stillwater and Kathy Hicks of Perkins.
The family would like to thank the staff of The Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa, special friends Cheryl Jeffrey, Debra Rickner, niece Brandi Ross, and sister-in-laws Jeanita (GiGi) Shook, Rowena Crockett, and Rhonda Jim as well as the many others who have supported the family during these difficult few months.
In lieu of flowers the family strongly suggests making donations to the Jennifer Lazenby Memorial Scholarship in care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home. 5106 N. Washington, Stillwater, OK 74075 or you may donate online at https://www.gofundme.com/2kfhkmsk These funds will be used to set up an academic scholarship for Glencoe seniors.
Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at www.pmcfh.com
Published on August 19, 2016