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Debra Petra Benson 1966 ~ 2010 Debra Petra Benson returned to her Heavenly Father on March 23 in Mesa, Arizona after a long, courageous battle. Debbie was born May 8, 1966 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended school in Salt Lake City, after which she moved to Arizona. She married Buddy Benson January 16, 1987 in the Mesa Temple. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Tyler Jourdan and Breanna, whom Debbie considered her crowning jewels. Debbie was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother and friend. She was a source of amazement to all who knew her. She inspired many with her resilience, tenacity and "can do" attitude in spite of the physical challenges she had been given. She was known as the "Energizer Bunny" within her family because she could outwork and outplay most everyone. She was always with a camera and felt it was her job to create "magic" at every family gathering. Debbie was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and showed her love of the Lord by service to her family and in many church callings. She was a life long learner and delighted in the college classes she was able to take and we know she plans to finish on the other side. She was a friend to everyone and loved to be with family and friends. Debbie is survived by: her husband, Buddy and son Tyler, Queen Creek; Breanna Hansen (Brian), Cedar City, Utah; parents, Tom and Jessica Price, Salt Lake City, Utah; brother, Steven Winder (Wendy) Springville, Utah; sisters, Rebecca Schmidt (Victor) and Crystal Peterson, (Tim) both of West Valley City, Utah. She is also survived by mother- in-law, Eleanor Benson, Orderville, Utah; and parents-in-law Jerry and Kay Curtis, Rancho Palos Verdes, California; brothers-in-law AJ Curtis (Jen), Brisbane Australia and Ken Curtis (Renae) West Valley City, Utah. She leaves many nieces and nephews who were loved and nurtured by "Aunt Debbie' and who love her and will miss her very much. A poet once wrote that there are many people who live on earth for a very long time and when they are gone they leave hardly a ripple; others are with us but for a very short while and leave footprints in our hearts forever - such was Debbie Benson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 27 at 10 a.m. in the Queen Creek Stake Center: 22035 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142. A viewing will be held on March 26 6-8 p.m. at Bunker University Chapel: 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ 85213 and one hour before the services. Burial will be in the Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Mar. 26, 2010
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