|3/8/2017 2:08:00 PM|
Ruby L. Benson
Ruby Benson, 94, of Windom died Feb. 27, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service was Friday, March 3, 2017, at 11 a.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade officiating.
Special music was provided by Carol Vought, organist; Dustin Stevens, pianist; and Dave Grev, vocalist, singing "I Can Only Imagine."
Congregational hymns were "Beautiful Savior" and "Amazing Grace."
Ushers were Bob Byers and Dan Fossing.
Casket bearers were Michael Benson, John Veenker, Scott Veenker, Steve Gould, Gary Forbord and Norman Meier.
Honorary bearers were members of the American Lutheran Church Altar Guild and Circle.
Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Windom.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Ruby Lee Benson was born on April 15, 1922, to Iver O. and Jennie Marie Johnson Lee in Clarkfield. She was baptized on May 7, 1922, at the Norwegian Lutheran Church in Clarkfield and was confirmed May 2, 1937, in the same church.
She graduated from Clarkfield High School in 1940.
She was involved in several places of business in Minneapolis before becoming cashier at Becky's Cafeteria where she worked for several years.
Ruby met Roger while he was attending the University of Minnesota and they were married June 15, 1947, in Clarkfield.
In 1947 they moved from Minneapolis to Algona, Iowa, where their son, Michael, was born. In 1950, they moved to Windom where Catharine was born in 1952.
Ruby was active in her church all her life, having taught Sunday school for 19 years, belonged to WELCA, Circles, Library Board and was a charter member of Altar Guild and took part in volunteer work when needed.
For 36, years she was an employee of Benson Office Supply as bookkeeper and cashier.
She was a member of Mrs. Jaycees when it was first started in Windom and also of the Town and County Garden Club.
After retirement she continued her volunteer work by becoming an RSVP member.
Her special interests were in cooking and baking and also enjoyed flower gardening and bird watching, knitting baby sweaters for Lutheran Welfare plus her relaxation time with her Friendship Group.
She loved her Lord, her family and home above all else. Her faith and trust in the Lord and the love of her family kept her going after the death of Roger in 2000.
In November of 2015, Ruby became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom where she passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the age of 94 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roger Benson; four brothers: Ordean, Myron, Merlyn and Robert; two sisters, Erma and one infant sister.
She is survived by her son, Michael Benson and his wife Billie of the Dominican Republic; daughter, Catharine Veenker and her husband Ronald of Bingham Lake; five grandchildren: John (Staci) Veenker, Amy (Steve) Gould, Scott (Aimee) Veenker, Lizzie (Carlos) Benson-Fragio, and Gloria Benson. Also nine great-grandchildren: Danielle, William and Katya Gould (Tyler Klassen), Jenna, Hailey and Jackson Veenker, Claire and Benjamin Veenker, and Mikeas Fragio-Benson; one sister, Alida Forbord of Clarkfield; many nieces, nephews and many cousins in Norway.
Blessed be the memory of Ruby Benson.