WILLCOX Favorite Son and Daughter Award
Favorite Daughter 2014 - Daryl Lyn Benavides Broome
WILLCOX -- One favorite son and a favorite daughter were honored Thursday evening at the 32nd annual Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame Dinner at the Willcox Community Center.
The Arizona Range News and Willcox High School Alumni each sponsor an award.
Steve Reno, advertising representative with the Range News, made the presentation that night to both Manuel J. “Manny” Gonzales, as well as Daryl Lyn Benavides Broome.
Reno began his presentation by saying that the WHS Alumni honoree was born at the old hospital in Willcox, later graduating from Willcox High School in 1969.
She has three sons – Sean, Ryan, and Dustin Benavides.
He said that Broome has been in the financial business most of her life.
“When her husband worked for the railroad in Tucson, she worked out of her home for the railroad credit union,” Reno said. “When they decided to move back to her hometown, she worked for Mom at Desert Finance in Willcox.”
Broome then got a job at Cochise Credit Union, where Gloria Hines helped groom her to become its manager.
“She helped them expand beyond co-op employees to serve co-op customers and the greater community,” Reno told the audience.
Family changes prompted Broome to move to Las Cruces, N.M., where she found work as a bookkeeper, later going back to Tucson and working for a mortgage company, he said.
“But she couldn’t resist the draw to come back home to Willcox, where she would take a job with, and then a retirement buyout from El Paso Natural Gas,” Reno said.
She then became an independent businesswoman in Willcox “purchasing the renowned Rix’s Tavern from Liz Moses.”
Broome updated it, “while keeping the same classic tavern feel it always had, keeping it the local hangout for farmers and ranchers for some 15 years before selling it recently,” he said.
“Retired after that? No. Now she works on location for General Electric, while still living here.”
Reno went on to say that Broome helped put several high school class reunions together, “especially this last one 67-68, 69-70, that was held over Labor Day weekend.”
She was also a member of Lambda Chi Omega, Gamma Chapter.
In closing, Reno acknowledged Jonnie Belle Bethel, who gathered the information for the tribute, with help from Broome’s sons Sean and Ryan Benavides.
When it came her turn to speak, Broome expressed her thanks, saying, “Believe it or not, I can’t think of one thing to say. What an honor.”