BENSON, Nancy Casto
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88, a native of Columbus and current resident of Delray Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully in her sleep February 12th, at her home with her loving family and kitties at her side. Nancy was born January 21, 1925 in Columbus, Ohio to Don Monroe, Sr. and Ruth Strait Casto. She was a 1944 graduate of The Columbus School for Girls from which she had many lifelong friends and the Ohio State University, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Her personal generosity is her greatest legacy. She was a Charter Member of the Ohio Arts Council, appointed by Governor James Rhodes; a Charter Member of Mt. Carmel Hospital, where she helped form the first Volunteer Auxiliary for all hospitals in Columbus; a Charter Member of the Little Garden Club; and board member of: Buckeye Boys Ranch, Ohio History of Flight, Players' Theater and the Franklin Park Conservatory. She was positively graceful and prided herself on being the true definition of a lady, yet always game for a dirty joke. She had a special affection for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her animals. Her family will miss her dearly, but are blessed by the motivating way she led her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother; Don M. Casto , Jr. and the love of her life since childhood, her beloved husband, Frank S. Benson, Jr. She is survived by her daughter Nancy and son-in-law, Robert Wibbelsman of Gulfstream, Florida; son, Frank and daughter- in-law, Jewel Benson of New Albany; daughter Elizabeth "Libby" Benson of Columbus; grandchildren Paige and Patrick Nesbitt of Los Angeles; Sarah, Frankie and Elizabeth Benson of Columbus; Lisa and husband Peter Meuse of Columbus; great-grandchildren Madelyn, Emmy and Charlotte Meuse of Columbus; longtime friend, care giver and extended family member, William Sharp of Columbus; many beloved nieces and nephews,and their families, and many dear friends. Memorial service will be held 1:30pm, Saturday, February 16th at Broad Street Presbyterian Church, 760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205. Rev. Ann Palmerton officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cat Welfare Association, 741 Wetmore Rd., Columbus, OH 43214; Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation, PO Box 16810,Columbus, OH 43216-6810; or Pilot Dogs, 625 W Town Street, Columbus, OH43215, in her memory. Arrangements by the Schoedinger Midtown Chapel. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to offer condolences or a memory of Nancy.
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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2013