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Eleanor Joyce Benson


1929 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Eleanor Joyce Benson Obituary
Eleanor Joyce Benson

1929 ~ 2013

Eleanor Benson was born to Ruby (Lapcheska) and William Leenerts on November 3, 1929 in Bruning, Nebraska. She peacefully passed away in Seattle on October 21, 2013.

She and her family lived on the family farm in Bruning, where she and her two sisters attended the one-room schoolhouse. During the Depression, they sold the farm and moved to Boulder, Colorado. Then when World War II started, the family moved to Washington State, where her father worked on plane engines during the war.

Eleanor graduated from Lincoln High School in 1946.

Rather than attending college, she worked for a year, and then married the love of her life, Fred Benson. They were happily married for 63 years, and had two children. In addition to being a full-time mother, Eleanor worked as a loan officer at Highline Savings and Loan in order to help put their children through college. Together, Eleanor and Fred enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing and working in their beautiful garden. In addition, she loved doing the Sunday Times Crossword Puzzle-always in ink.

She is preceded in death by her husband Fred Benson, and is survived by her daughter Linda Baarslag-Benson (Ross); her son Gordon Benson (Darlene); her grandchildren Melody Nordstrom (Jesse), Megan Streeter (Forrest), Mallory Benson and David Baarslag-Benson; as well as her two sisters Naomi Steele and Arlyn Schmad.

There will be a memorial at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 10th at:

Fernwood in the Park

17623 1st Ave S

Seattle, Wa 98148
Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 3 to Nov. 10, 2013
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