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Elsa Sampaolesi Benavidez was born in Armstrong, Argentina on March 15, 1930 and passed away on December 26, 2016 in Spokane, Washington. She started her calling as a seamstress in high school and married Jorge Raul Benavidez in 1950. In 1959, they moved to Los Angeles with their son Jorge Jr. Elsa continued her career, sewing samples for high end fashion designers in Beverly Hills and Westwood. She had another child, Patricia, born in 1960. Elsa was a wonderful cook and she and her husband also loved to travel. She is preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her son George (Susan) and daughter Patricia, grandchildren Julie,(Jason), Tony (Jeannie), Gina (Grant), Chelsie, Kyle and Joey and 11 great-grandchildren. She will be interred at Holy Cross Cemetery and there will be a celebration of her life in the summer of 2017.