LISA (RAYLS) BENTON
AMARILLO, TEXAS - Lisa Gail (Rayls) Benton, 51, formerly of Jerseyville, passed peacefully at 11:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2020 in Brighton.
She was born on January 9, 1969 in Jerseyville, IL to Ronald and Thelma (Green) Rayls.
Lisa had many passions in life. She enjoyed creating elaborate paintings, refurbishing antique furniture and crafting goods for family and friends. With her free time, she walked the lanes of antique stores to find items that spoke to her. Lisa was also very intrigued and interested in the unknown as she often went ghost and alien hunting with her friends. Since she was spiritual, she spent time collecting crystals and saging her home to cleanse the energy for she always wanted positivity. This positive light illuminated all that were around her, and her smile filled the room. She made friends wherever she went and held many lifelong friends.
She had always dreamed of being a mother and had three children for whom she sacrificed her all. Her favorite pastime was spending time with her family and two pets, Maggie and Oliver.
Lisa was a very caring person and her career highlighted that. She was 15 when she received her CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and later attended Jersey Community High School and graduated from Victory Baptist Christian School. She worked at nursing homes within Jersey County and went on to run a home daycare. Years passed and she completed her LPN at Sanford Brown University in St. Peter’s, Missouri. She worked as a nurse at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville, Illinois, Thomas H. Boyd Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, Illinois and Clovis Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico. She was an advocate for the mental and physical health of her patients and everyone else around her. Lisa will forever be in the hearts and souls of those she has helped, supported and cared for throughout her life.
Surviving are her husband, Ronnie Benton of Amarillo, Texas; three children, Masey Blasa of Greeley, Colorado, Taylor Rose of Alton, Illinois and Brandon Blasa of Sheridan, Illinois; her mother, Thelma Rayls of Jerseyville, Illinois; two sisters and brothers in-law, Belinda and Steve Hartwick of Corpus Christi, Texas and Karen and John Pecaut of Brighton, Illinois; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Lisa is preceded in death by her father, Ronald Rayls.
Per her wishes, cremation rights will be accorded and no formal services are planned at this time.
Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville has been entrusted with arrangements.
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