Guthrie Center - Jacqueline (Jackie) J. Benson passed away Monday, February 8, 2021, two days short of her 88th birthday at The New Homestead in Guthrie Center, lA.
Born in McCook, NE, to Otto R. Nothnagel and Kathryn Lindsyz she grew up in Lincoln and attended the University of Nebraska. She and her beloved husband, Donald D. Benson of Lincoln, who preceded her in death in 2011 , were married for 59 years. Stranded in Reno, NV by a snow blockage of the Donner Pass while they were on their way to San Francisco for Don to meet a Navy ship to serve in the Korean conflict, they married. They lived in Hays, Kansas, and Columbia, Missouri, for short periods of time, moving to Des Moines in 1958 when Don landed a job with the Des Moines Register and Tribune.
Jackie was active with her kids, she set the pace water skiing and bike riding. Trailer camping to various lowa parks with weekends boating and camping at lake Rathbun being her favorite.
Jackie worked in various fields over the years including Real Estate, Banking, lnsurance for Blue Cross and finally child care. She was an avid bowler participating in up to 3 weekly leagues at one time and competed in several lowa State tournaments.
Her true calling was playing Bridge, she could never refuse an offer to play which resulted in her achieving Life Bridge Master status. She supported Don with his work at the Register as the Wagon master on multiple early RAGBRAI adventures as well as manned the Register's booth at the annual Sports and Vacation Show and lowa State Fair. She traveled internationally dozens of times on biking vacations and cruise ship excursions, including seeing China and Antarctica. Holland was one of her favorite places.
Jackie is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Sylvia (Nothnagel) Jones and Sandra Nothnagel; and brothers, Otto Nothnagel Jr. and Jim Nothnagel. She is survived by her sister Ann Aubrey of West Bloomfield, Ml; son Mark Benson of Fairfax Station, VA; daughter Nancy (Benson) Riederer and son-in-law Bob Riederer of Guthrie Center, IA; 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
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Published by the Des Moines Register from Feb. 10 to Feb. 14, 2021.