Allison Marjorie Benson
1999 - 2020
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Allison Marjorie Benson, 20, of Leawood, Kansas, died unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, while studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. Allison was born Nov. 9, 1999, into the loving embrace of her parents Charley and Jennifer Benson in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her beloved two sisters, Caitlin and Sara Benson; maternal grandfather, William B. Kircher; paternal grandmother, Marilyn M. Benson; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandmother Susan H. Kircher and her grandfather John A. Benson. Allison grew up loved and adored by her two big sisters, parents, and barking besties Rosie and Mattie. Allison attended Highlawn Montessori, Corinth Elementary, Indian Hills Middle School, and graduated a proud Lancer from Shawnee Mission East in 2018. She played on the Girl's Golf team, was a photographer on the Hauberk yearbook staff, and president of the Happy Club. Her favorite teacher, Madame Losey, sparked her love of France, its culture, people, art, history, and architecture. Allison attended Kansas State University where she pledged Kappa Alpha Theta. Majoring in Education and French, Allison planned on being an elementary school teacher after graduation. This January, her big sisters Caitlin and Sara traveled with her to Aix en Provence to meet her French family and begin her semester abroad. In the three short weeks before her passing, she made many close friends and was living her life-long dream. Allison was a shining light to all who knew her with bright eyes and a ready smile, radiating positivity, empathy, acceptance, and love. Her charm and sweetness won her instant friends whom she cherished and held close to her heart. Allison's joy radiated from the inside out, and when in her presence, anything was possible. She was a role model and a beautiful example of an authentic, grace-filled life for her friends and family. She leaves us with the gift of her light and our promise to pass it on. Abundant gratitude goes out to the leaders, staff, and students at IAU in Aix-en-Provence, who, in our moment of profound grief, met our every need and enveloped us with compassion and love. Services will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Allison Marjorie Benson Fund, c/o Children's Mercy Hospital, 2401 Gilham Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108. "She Believed She Could, So She Did!"

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Published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 16, 2020.
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March 10, 2020
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." IAU will miss Allison and miss the the light she provided for us all.
Leigh Smith
February 22, 2020
We are so very sorry for the loss of your precious daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with her, your family, and everyone who loved her.
February 22, 2020
Dear Benson Family, Words cannot express our deep sorrow loosing your beloved daughter Allison. She was our daughter's best friend and through her we knew Allison very well. She was a wonderful, beautiful young woman, a shining star who will be dearly missed forever.
The Kapros Family
February 22, 2020
Words cannot express our deep sorrow at your family's loss. We are surrounding you in our love and extending our deep felt sympathy to all of you. We know how much Allison will be missed.

The Blackman family
February 21, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Benson family. Allison was such a great friend to Macy and will truly be missed. Her spirit was contagious and she made the world a brighter place.
Chad and Dianne Beland
February 20, 2020
We neighbors have watched the Benson daughters grow into lovely young women. Allison had a sweet and gentle demeanor and a strength of spirit that could not be denied.

It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone. John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
Sandy Linson
February 20, 2020
May the God of all comfort sustain your family during the days ahead Psalms 119:76
February 20, 2020
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February 19, 2020
Bensons, we are so incredibly sorry for your loss. Our son adored Allison. Her smile and gentle spirit was great to be around. Sending you strength during this very difficult time.
The Kappelman
February 19, 2020
I am Annie Kerr's grandmother, and although I did not know Allison, I do know of the profound difference she made in my granddaughter's life through her kindness and joy of living. A clergy person once told me, "Tears are the highest form of prayer." May your tears reach God as he enfolds your precious Allison in His loving arms.
Laura Shoffner
February 17, 2020
Dearest Bensons,

As all who knew Allison knew what a precious soul she is, truly special every which way.
I feel lucky I got to know her on a memorable adventure over her senior Spring break.
It was obvious how immensely she was loved by her wonderful family and she loved them.
It makes it all the harder to lose such a light among us.
Many prayers for strength, love, comfort, and memories, of this remarkable women.
Laura and Isabel Helmuth-Miller
February 17, 2020
Dearest Charley, Jennifer, Caitlin & Sara,
There simply are no adequate words to express my sorrow and shock at hearing this heart & soul shattering news. Your loss is incomprehensible to me. She was president of the Happy Club:). What a perfect example of the precious soul she was. I have been praying for you daily since I heard this news. How blessed she was to have been loved by you all. I can only imagine your hearts sorrow.Please know that you will continue to be in my thoughts & prayers. I am praying for peace, comfort & hope. May God bless you always. My love, dearest sympathies & blessings,
Molly (Morrison) Britt
Molly Morrison Britt
February 17, 2020
We adored Allison. Her smile was contagious. Sending prayers up for peace and strength to surround you right now during this very difficult time.
With Love,
The DeSalvo Family.
Shannon DeSalvo
February 17, 2020
My deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved daughter, Allison. She sounds like she was an amazing young woman and a gift to all who knew her. Im very sorry for your heartbreak.
Sudy Hurst
February 17, 2020
Our prayers for peace and comfort are flowing your way. We just cannot imagine what your family is going through at this incredibly difficult time. Love to you all. Lon and Marcia Lane
Lon Lane
February 17, 2020
What a glorious face, that smile radiates who she was. I don't know you, but I am so sorry for the heaviness your hearts are feeling.
What a joy she must have been.
Lorri Gaddy
February 16, 2020
February 16, 2020
Allison, your radiant light shines brightly forever. We are surrounded by your love, beautiful spirit and soul. You filled our girls lives with hope, love, peace and true friendship that will always remain. May you rest peacefully with the angels sweet girl. Well see you again. To the Benson family, we are so incredibly sorry for your loss. We are praying constantly for you and know that God is near. Allison is so loved..more than words can describe. Peace, love and hope..The Stumps
Jackie Stump
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