Anna Benson "This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it…" Anna Victoria Benson was a woman who lived by this scripture. She loved the Lord and gave him credit for the full life she enjoyed. She loved her family more than her luggage, which was saying a lot because Anna loved to travel. She was on her way to spend her grandson's first birthday with him in New York when she went home to be with the Lord, September 24, 2013. Anna was a rare gem. She had a knack for making friends in any situation and always saw the best in people. Anna Banana, as she was affectionately referred was known for her generosity and service, as well as her warm, loving spirit. Anna loved to be in the kitchen. For years, she nurtured young and old with weekly meals at Tulare First Baptist Church. When she wasn't cooking for others she was singing in the choir. Family and friends, both old and new were always welcome in her home. She'd embrace everyone with open arms and warm their bellies with delicious food. Her annual Benson Tamale night was a culinary tradition that so many looked forward to each year. She faced many health issues with determination and resilience. She was incredibly optimistic and would often encourage others, despite her own circumstance. Anna was a beloved and devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile and warm heart. Anna was born February 6, 1949 to Rudy and Viola Adame in Visalia, California. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Bill and her three children: Jenna Benson Makanju and her husband Winston Makanju of White Plains, New York, Devon Hillary Burnias and her husband Michael Burnias of Visalia, California, and Matthew William Benson and his wife, Vanessa Benson of Tarzana, California. Her older brother, Robert Adame and younger sisters, Karin Willis and Kathryn Adame, survive her. She was blessed with four grandchildren: Theodore, Maximillian, Hudson, and Juliana. She was also Nana Anna to Elysse, Cambrya, and Caryss and other adopted little ones. Services will be at 10 am, Monday, September 30, 2013 at First Baptist Church, 469 Cherry St., Tulare. Remembrances in her honor may be sent to Tulare First Baptist Church, The
, or the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Arrangements are by Peers Lorentzen Funeral Service.
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Peers-Lorentzen Funeral Service
132 W Kern Ave Tulare, CA 93274
Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Sept. 28, 2013