Judy Kay Benton

Judy Kay Benton, affectionately known by her loved ones as Mamaw or Mama, was a resilient, loving, talented, and witty soul born on July 15, 1953, in Hugo, Oklahoma. She grew up in Borger, Texas and made many lifelong friends that were always avid prayer warriors for her. She spent her life in numerous Texas towns, finally settling in Amarillo, where she nurtured her passion for acting. She was a shining star in the theatre community, winning an award for best actress from Amarillo little theatre. Her performances were a testament to her talent, but they also reflected her vibrant spirit and love for life. As Meryl Streep once said, “Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.” Judy embodied this sentiment, channeling her unique life experiences into her performances and thereby touching countless hearts.

Judy was a proud, long-time member of AA, demonstrating her resilient nature and determination. But, it was not just her personal accomplishments that defined her. Her love for her family was unparalleled. She was a devoted wife to Roger Benton, whom she married on September 26, 2009, and a loving mother to her children. She relished her role as a grandmother and great-grandmother, cherishing every moment spent with her grandkids and great grandkids. Judy also found joy in her hobbies that included reading, watching Big Brother, shopping, and of course, acting and singing. She had a generous spirit, always ready to lend a kind ear and a shoulder to lean on, reminding everyone to reach out and pray when problems came their way.

Judy leaves behind a rich legacy of love and resilience. Among those mourning her passing are her husband, Roger Benton, her children, Melissa (Brian) Workman, Jeremy (Ellie) Parkhurst, Jennifer (Josh) Fawell, Gracie Brown, Amber Earles, and Erin Earles, as well as a host of beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her fur-babies Sadie Mae Benton, Tag, and moo-cow. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Alice Adcock, her daughter Rachael Brown, and her siblings Anita Reed and CW Adcock. As we remember Judy, let us recall the words of Emily Dickinson: “Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.” Judy’s love lives on in the hearts of all who knew her.

We encourage those who knew and loved Judy to visit her memorial page, where you can share your cherished memories and upload photographs. Through these shared memories, Judy’s vibrant spirit will continue to live on, illuminating the lives of those she has left behind.

A funeral service honoring Judy’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2023, at Lighthouse Funeral Home Chapel, 3707 Wolflin Ave,  Amarillo, TX 79102. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 6-8:00 pm, Friday, December 8, 2023, at Lighthouse Funeral Home Chapel, 3707 Wolflin Ave, in Amarillo.


  1. Jackie Cox

    Wipe my tears, Lord, and carry me through this season of mourning and deep sadness. Help me to trust in Your unfailing love and to fix my eyes on You, Jesus.
    I deeply saddened by the loss of Judy.
    She was a beautiful Christian lady with a heart of gold. We never got around to go to lunch but we will in heaven. Love you Judy

  2. Kim Hernandez

    I was honored to get to do shows at Amarillo Little theater with Judy. She was such an energetic and friendly spirit welcoming everybody. When we both got cast to do the melodrama out at the big Texan for an entire summer, and I was needing to leave at the end of the summer to do an internship, she was kind enough to ask me to stay with her at her apartment. We were roomies for the entire summer and did the show and had so much fun – even double dated a couple of times. One night after I had already gone to bed, someone removed the window from the bedroom next to mine and enter the apartment. Judy was still sitting up in bed and her door was open. She saw the other bedroom door opening and just immediately yelled, got up and chased that person right back out the window. She was a brave soul. I regret that I haven’t gotten to see her in recent years, but I know she is being missed by many. Love you, Judy! 

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