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Virginia M. (VanDyke) Benson: 1929-2018


HEBRON, Neb. — Virginia M. (VanDyke) Benson was called home by The Lord on Jan. 21 at Blue Valley Nursing Home, Hebron, Neb.

Born Sept. 7, 1929, in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of Bert and Lily (Kissane) VanDyke. Virginia graduated from Grosse Pointe High School, Grosse Pointe, Mich.
She went to work as a church secretary where she met a young seminary student serving as vicar. Kenneth Benson finished his seminary studies two years later and they were married June 7, 1949.  He preceded her in death on Sept. 28, 2017.

Virginia moved with her groom to his first parish in Molalla, Ore., and after that to churches in Detroit; Wayland, Mich.; Los Angeles; Union, Ill.; Hebron, Neb.; and Janesville, Minn.
When her children grew older she returned to her secretarial skills and worked in sales, college administration and the legal field. Eventually she retired with her husband to Ransom and later Hebron.

She is survived by four children, Bonnie (Abe) Clark, Marseilles, Steven (Signe) Benson, Hebron, Peter (Janet), Kansas City, Mo., and Bethany (Tracy) Morgan, Grand Ridge; grandchildren, Stephanie Olson, Aaron Clark, Susan Clark, Timothy Benson, Rachael Pulliam, Brianna Benson, Bonnie Morgan, Rebekah Bierdeman and Daniel Morgan; 21 great-grandchildren and No. 22 expected soon; one sister, Sally Knarr, of Newcastle, Ind.; one brother, Bert VanDyke, Applegate, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

Virginia was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a seamstress and for many years made clothes for herself and her children. She also enjoyed knitting, most recently providing knitted caps for babies at the local hospital.
Virginia became an avid quilter, making bed and baby quilts for her loved ones. She also enjoyed many family vacations and later in life camping and fishing with her husband. She was devoted to her husband and her role as a pastor's wife.
Virginia's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were dear to her heart, and she was loved by them all.

Services will be private. Memorials may be directed to The Foundation for Blue Valley Homes, Hebron.
Condolences may be left at Kroll Funeral Home of Hebron is in charge of arrangements.
Kroll Funeral Home
330 N. 5th St., Hebron, NE 68370

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