Ruth Miller Benson, 90, of Club House Circle, West Middlesex, Shenango Twp., Mercer County, Pa., passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the home of her daughter Judy Odell, with whom she made her home.
Mrs. Benson was born in Grove City, Mercer County, Pa., on August 18, 1923 to Willis Dale Miller and Elizabeth Grundy Miller Tanner.
She married Carl Christopher Benson on January 26, 1946. He preceded her in death on September 26, 1992.
Mrs. Benson was retired from St. Vincent Health Center, where she worked from 1970 until 1985. She attended Springfield Twp. School and graduated from Grove City High School in 1941. She then graduated from Christian H. Buhl School of Nursing and did post graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and Villa Maria, in Erie, where she received her RN specializing in urology.
Mrs. Benson was an active member at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Erie, where she belonged to the Faith Bible Study and the Senior Hand Bell Choir. She was also a member of the Presque Isle Women's Club and the Niagara League Erie County Historical Society. Mrs. Benson was an avid reader and enjoyed calligraphy and knitting.
Mrs. Benson served in the Army
Nurses Cadet Corp from 1942-1945.
Mrs. Benson is survived by one daughter, Judy Odell and husband Lawrence of West Middlesex, Pa.; two sons, Christopher Benson and wife Lisa of Erie, Pa. and Mark Benson and wife Anne of Bakersfield, Calif. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Brian Odell, Corey Benson, and Sara Winnie; and two great-grandchildren, Matthew and Peter Odell.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers, Allen Lee Miller and Willis C. Miller.
Funeral service for Mrs. Benson will be held at the Grace Lutheran Church, 111 Hall Ave., Hubbard, Ohio, on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Dirk van der Duim, Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, officiating.
Friends will be received at the Smith Funeral Home, 3126 Main St., West Middlesex, Pa., on Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m, and also for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Crestview Memorial Park, Grove City, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 3108 Sterrettania Road, Erie, PA 16506.