Jean Benge
Legacy Funeral Home-Heritage Chapel at Angelus
440 E. Klatt Road
Anchorage, AK
Long time Alaskan, Jean Ellis "Garlick" Benge, 82, passed away at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska on February 25th, 2014. Jean was born March 11, 1931 in Creve Coeur, Illinois to Ellis and Ivy Garlick. She married Orville Irving Benge in 1955.

Jean graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois in 1952, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She taught in Illinois at the grade school where she attended before moving to Alaska in 1956, with her husband and life partner, Orville. There she started her long teaching career at Mt. View Elementary, when it first opened. In 1959, she moved to Texas and taught in various schools. In 1969, Jean returned to Alaska as a Master Teacher. Jean returned to teaching at Mt. View Elementary and then Creekside Park Elementary when she retired in 1985 to take care of her husband.

Even after retirement, she continued to service the community as an administrative assistant and bookkeeper at Angeles Memorial Park Cemetery, with great sensitivity to grieving families.

She belonged to many organizations, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Delta Gappa Gamma, American Business Women Association, the United Way, the American Womens Bowling Congress and the Chugach Gem and Mineral Society.

She loved to fish in Seward with her family, garden, bowl (best lifetime game 299), and raise Keeshonds show dogs. She taught choir and played piano.

Jean was deeply loved and respected by her friends, students, and fellow co-workers. There wasn't anyone she touched that she didn't leave a positive impression or a bright outlook on life.

She is survived by her son, Orville Irving Benge Jr., of Anchorage, AK and her brother, Paul Garlick (Dianne) of Yuma, Arizona, and many relatives in the lower 48. Preceded in death by her husband, she will be buried next to him at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13th, at Angeles Memorial Park Cemetery in Anchorage. A memorial service will be held later in the year.

Arrangements were with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel

Published by Anchorage Daily News from May 9 to May 10, 2014.
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Jeanie, you knew how much I loved you! And I miss you even more! All our love - Mary & Don
Don and Mary Wester
July 28, 2015
May God be your strength in this time of sorrow Matthew 5:4 "Happy are those who mourn since they will be comforted. "
T Hines
May 10, 2014
Jeanie, you will love the rest of your journey! I miss our talks and you very much. We definitely had years of fun! All our love!
Mary, Don, Vegas, Missy, Coco & Tinkerbell
Don & Mary Wester
May 10, 2014
Jean was a dear friend of my mother Ava.
I pray that her family is comforted by the Holy Spirit.
Jean RIP.
Ronald Watkins
May 9, 2014
Jean was a "best buddy",confidant and a
person you could always rely on. Very
proud of our friendship. It was a
blessing to have her in our lives.
Shirley & Bob Applebee
May 9, 2014
I will always remember her laugh and her wonderful spirit...our thoughts and prayers are with her in peace Ms. Benge..Elke Southall(Robinson)
May 9, 2014
Mrs Benge was a great teacher and I'm glad she was at Creekside when my children attended that school.
Loretta Mattson
May 9, 2014
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