Mary Louise Benner, a former teacher and a 30-year resident of Towson, died Monday of cancer at Keswick. She was 73 and had lived on Seth Court.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Benner was being offered today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson.
The former Mary Louise Monroe was born in Portsmouth, Va., and was a graduate of Mary Washington College where she majored in music and English.
She taught English and French at schools in Kempsville and Hot Springs, Va., before her marriage in 1943 to John A. Benner. They settled in Towson in 1962 after his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in the Army. They had moved nearly 20 times during his career. One move was to Taiwan, with six young children.
An accomplished pianist, Mrs. Benner enjoyed raising African violets, reading mystery novels and collecting figurines of turtles.
In addition to her husband, her survivors include seven daughters, Sister Mary Benner R.S.M. and Margaret Benner, both of Baltimore, and Carol Benner Doelp of Linthicum, Patricia Young of Tehachapi, Calif., Michele Benner of Fargo, N.D., Roberta Beaty of Williamstown, N.J., and Susan Benner of Lancaster, Calif.; a son, John Benner Jr. of Carney; a sister, Dorothy Fleet Hill of Portsmouth, Va.; and five grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.