Cleo Allene Benson, recently of Salina from Fredricksburg, TX. died December 11, 2018. She was born Jan 23, 1926, in Marinette, WI, the daughter of Earl and Mabel (Ryan) Williams. Cleo grew up in Rackard, IL. She married Gilbert Benson in Denver, CO on Nov. 5, 1943 and later moved to Chicago and then Racine, WI. She worked in a girl Friday office for R.K. News Agency, Kenocha, WI. On retirement in 1979, she moved to Fredricksburg, TX. and enjoyed volunteer work founding the Golden Herb Food Pantry, and the local chapter of the SPCA, and working at the St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Shop, and Rib Archer. She was a member of the Frity Town Singles club and Senior Center.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert, a son, Tom, a daughter, Joyce Bischoff, 2 grandchildren, Mark Corwin and Jane Martinez and a great grandson, Steven VanBruggen.
She is survived by a daughter in law, Elaine Benson; grandchildren, Debra (David) Chance, Bernadette (Wayne) McEvers and David (Melanie) Benson; great grandchildren, Christine Crank, Anthony (Diana) VanBruggen, Skyla (Dylan) Root, Dakota Marcott, Gabriel Benson, and Madeline (Noah) Mayberry; and great great grandchildren, Emily, Haley, Tatten, Annisym and Tarren.
Memorial services will be held at a future time at the Nativity Columbarium, Catholic Cemetery Assn, Racine, Wi. Memorials are suggested to the S.P.C.A.