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Arlis Mae Bennington


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Arlis Mae Bennington Obituary
Bennington, Arlis Mae
Arlis Mae Bennington passed away April 13, 2016 in Phoenix. She was born on March 30, 1923 in Tabor, SD where her father lived. Her parents were Benjamin F. Harrison and Josephine Simmelink. Her father died when she was just over one-year-old, and her mother came back to her hometown, Baldwin, WI, and there Arlis grew up. She went to Whitewater State Teacher's College to get a degree in Education. She married James Oliver Bennington on August 20, 1946 and they raised their first 4 children in Watertown, WI until 1958. Jim then joined the foreign service and they moved to Honduras, where Arlis taught in the American Schools and their last daughter, Lisa, was born. Later they did tours in Brazil and Vietnam. When Vietnam became dangerous, Arlis was provided accommodation in Thailand. After retirement, they travelled extensively, but eventually settled in Arizona in 1995. Arlis and Jim had 5 children: Janna Larson of Scottsdale, AZ; Mary Beth Allan of Maryborough, Queensland, Australia; Michael (deceased), formerly of Ponder, TX; Joe of Bend, OR; and Lisa Skay of Tucson, AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 22, 2016
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