|Helen Dawson Benson, 89, Oneida, died Monday, March 12 at home with her family.
Helen was born March 2, 1923 in Dahinda, the daughter of Thomas and Stella (Lorance) Dawson. She married Oscar LaVerne Benson on June 26, 1943. He preceded her in death, February 12, 1988.
She is survived by two daughters, Peggy (and David) Shipp of Oneida and Anita(and Tony) Charczenko of Lees Summit, Mo; three grandchildren, Ginger Sanders (Derek), Dan Sweborg, and Brian Charczenko (Christina); 5 great grandchildren, Cori Sanders, Kate Sanders, Ben Sweborg, Mia Sweborg, and Nick Charczenko. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and four sisters.
She was a graduate of Williamsfield High School and Brown's Business College.
Helen worked for many years at the Galesburg Clinic until her retirement. During the few years they lived in Princeton, IL she was the high school secretary and was a medical receptionist.
Helen loved to work in the dirt. She enjoyed yard work and flowers and spent hours watching the birds. She insisted on a neatly mowed yard complete with trim. She didn't abide a half finished job-including the clean up. She relished in entertaining and every meal was a big deal. She would set a beautiful table even on week nights. If you didn't serve bread, it wasn't a meal.
All who knew her understood her need to take care of others. This usually involved her baking skills, but she also was a minister to anyone in need. She was a life-long dedicated member and ordained elder in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Along with her official duties performing marriages and blessing children and baptisms, she played the piano and was a Sunday school teacher. In the last few years, she attended the Knoxville Methodist Church with her sister Jean Gustafson and husband Bob. And recently she attended the United Church in Oneida. In each place she left her mark as a caring person who loved the Lord. Her family called her the prayer warrior because she interceded for all of us. Many a night she spent pouring out her heart in prayer for someone. Her family and friends will miss her dearly.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 17 at the Wataga fire hall from 1 to 3pm. A memorial service will follow at the same location. Burial will performed at another time with only the immediate family. Ginger and Derek Sanders will be officiating, assisted by Pastor Dave Tyrell.
Those wishing to contribute to a memorial are encouraged to support Hospice Compassus in Galesburg. They made Helen's final days comfortable and peaceful. The family will be forever grateful for their support. The Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home is handling local arrangements. Online condolences and sympathy cards may be left at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com