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Friday, July 8, 2011

Marjorie J. Benson, 80, formerly of Barden Brook Road, Eldred, PA

ELDRED, PA - Marjorie J. Benson, 80, formerly of Barden Brook Road, Eldred, passed away Tuesday (July 5, 2011) at the Sena-Kean Manor following a long illness.

Born July 2, 1931, in Port Allegany, she was the daughter of Levi and Alta Hosmer Redington. On July 18, 1952, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Coudersport, she married Richard H. Benson, who passed away in 2005.

Mrs. Benson graduated from Port Allegany High School in 1951 as class valedictorian. She later graduated from St. Francis Nursing School in Olean with honors.

She resided on Smith Road in Eldred before moving to Barden Brook Road in 1964.

Marjorie worked for North Penn Gas Co. in Port Allegany for several years as a secretary. She was later employed as a licensed practical nurse in Hewitt Manor in Shinglehouse before her retirement.

She was a former member of the Eldred United Methodist Church and a past democratic committee woman for McKean County. She loved painting, drawing, knitting and cooking.

Surviving are one son, Richard Benson of Lockport, N.Y.; five daughters, Lorna (Dock) Sloan of Gettysburg, Barbara (Robert) MacPherson of Eldred, Ellie (Eugene) McMartin of Thermopolis, Wyo., Melanie (William) Sampson of Stafford, Va., and Becky (Jesse) Cliff of Eldred; as well as 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; one brother, James (Betty) Redington of Randolph; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Brenton H. Benson in 2009; a daughter-in-law, Delorise McKean Benson, in 2002; as well as two sisters and two brothers.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday (July 10, 2011) with the Rev. Paula Roulette, pastor of the Portville Bethel Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial and committal services will follow in the Benson's Brenton and Vincent Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benson's Brenton and Vincent Memorial Cemetery, care of Barb MacPherson, 699 Barden Brook Road, Eldred, PA 16731.

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