Graveside Services only for Benja Sides Filkill, 95, of Canton, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 22, 2014, at Holly Springs Cemetery in Martins Mill under direction of Eubank Funeral Home, Canton.
She passed away Aug. 16, 2014, at her home on the Au Sable River in Northern Michigan.
Benja was born May 17, 1919, in Canton to John Benjamin Sides and Lexie Mann Sides.
She received her Master's degree in English literature from the University of Michigan, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Benja was a member of Eastern Star, the Mathea Guild, and the Methodist church. She was married to her husband Dr. Paul Filkill for 35 years. Benja enjoyed ornithology, literature, traveling and cheering for the Wolverines and the Cowboys. She was also a founding member of the Van Zandt County Friends of the Library.
Surviving are grandson, Ryan Filkil, of Canton; granddaughter, Sarah Filkil, of Bel Air, Md.; daughter-in-law, Karen Filkil, of Bel Air, Md.
Benja was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Paul Filkil; son, Paul Filkil; grandson, Benjamin Filkil; brother, Billy Sides; sister, Christine Sides; brother, John Sides; mother, Lexie Mann Sides; father, John Benjamin Sides.
Family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Friends of the Van Zandt County Library, 317 First Monday Lane, Canton, 75103.
To sign the guestbook, go to www.eubankfh.com.
Eubank Funeral Home
27532 State Highway 64 Canton, TX 75103
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 21, 2014