Suzanne Benson
Suzanne Benson 1959 ~ 2006 Suzanne Benson passed away on July 9, 2006 in Denver, Colorado. Born May 23, 1959 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from Cottonwood High School in 1977 and went on to earn her Law Degree from the University of Utah in 1985. Suzanne loved to travel and her favorite city to visit was Paris. Her other passion in life was gourmet cooking. Survived by her three sisters, Carrie Benson Lockhart, Heidi Jongsma, Brigitte Benson and companion of many years Richard Clark Semsack. Those awaiting Suzanne in heaven are her parents, Haldor T. Benson and Barbara M. Bray Benson. She will be greatly missed by all. Godspeed Suzanne. Les soeurs toujors! Private services were held by her family July 14, 2006. In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity. Online condolences can be made at
Published by Deseret News from Jul. 15 to Jul. 16, 2006.
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Suzanne was smart, witty, cute and sensitive. Life unfolded, we went different directions. I'll always remember my friend Suzanne, who shared so many of her smiles and laughs with me.
Gay Luinstra
July 20, 2006
I was so sorry to hear of Suzanne's passing. She was such a good friend for so many years.I have so many great memories of Suzanne and her family.I will always miss her.
Carol Zimmerman-Gustafson
July 19, 2006
I am so sorry to hear of Suzanne's passing. I just loved her like a daughter, her intelligence, love of fun and just sitting and talking. Suzanne was one of the greats. I hope her last few years were the best and her dreams did come true. All Suzanne's life trial are over and she's in the arms of her lovely Mom. I'll always miss them both . I wish the Benson girls the very best. Love
Diane Gates
July 19, 2006
I am so sorry to hear of Suzanne's passing, we were the best of friends when we were young. I remember many happy summer days at your house. Also a great camping trip with Hal and Barbara. My thoughts are with you all and know that she is still with us. Anne Weisman(Simpson)
Anne Weisman
July 17, 2006
Suzanne had some of the funniest lines that I have ever heard. During law school, she never failed to amuse me. I feel blessed to have known her. I'll miss her so.
Don Magee
July 17, 2006

Thanks for keeping me at least somewhat closer to sane during law school. I hope yours was a rich, full life. I'm truly sorry to hear that you have left us.
Mike Bertelsen
July 16, 2006
Suzanne, Sorry to hear you're gone. It's been a long time but I think of you from time to time.
B Maughan
July 16, 2006
Dearest Family and Clark,
I was so shocked to hear of Suzannes death. My prayers are with all of you. Dad passed away after living with me for two years just last month (June 3). I know how it hurts. Please know I loved Suzanne like a sister.
Love to all. Jeri Johnson- Bowers
Jeri Johnson_Bowers
July 16, 2006
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2006

July 15, 2006
Be Still

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

Anita Benson
July 15, 2006
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