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Patricia Benson 76, of Ames, passed away July 27, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Monday, July 31, at Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames. Visitation will be 3-5 pm Sunday, July 30, at Collegiate United Methodist Church. Burial will be 11:00 am Tuesday August 1, at Stateline cemetery in Harmony, MN.
Patricia Ann (Daniels) Benson was born April 2, 1941, in Tracy, MN. She was the youngest child of Donald and Evelyn (Holstein) Daniels. Pat was raised on a farm near Tracy, MN, where she enjoyed riding her horse and participating in 4H. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at the Tracy United Methodist Church. She was Valedictorian of the class of 1959 at Tracy High School. Pat was also at the top of her class at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, graduating with a BS degree in Home Economics/Education in 1963. She taught in Preston, MN, prior to the birth of her children. Once the children were in school she returned to work, spending nearly 15 years at JoAnn Fabrics in Ames. Pat referred to this as her “paying hobby”, as she always had several sewing/crafting/home décor projects in progress.
While in the Twin Cities, Pat met the love of her life, Garren Orel Benson. They were married on December 22, 1962, in Tracy, MN. Children DeeAnn Dawn and Kent Daniel, were born in 1964 and 1968, respectively. Pat was a member of Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames for 50 years.
Known for not being able to say “no”, Pat was active in many organizations. She was a Camp Fire Leader and Cub Scout Den Mother. She volunteered at the church library, and was a member and officer of Grace Circle and United Methodist Women. She belonged to the PEO sisterhood (Chapter Ho), as well as the Agronomy Women’s Club/Ceres. Pat enjoyed sewing, quilting, crafts, ISU sports, concerts at Bandshell Park, travel, the Tofte, MN cabin, Cardigan Welsh Corgi dogs, scrapbooking, jigsaw and word find puzzles. She was a dedicated reader of two daily and two weekly newspapers.
Survivors include her daughter, DeeAnn Benson (Cameron) Reece, Town of Ellington, WI; son, Kent (Deana) Benson, grandchildren Drew and Makenna Benson, of Woodstock, MD; brother, David (Irene) Daniels, of Lakewood, CO; niece, Teresa (Jeff) Alleman, of Lakewood, CO; nephew, Eric (Rachael) Daniels, of Irvine, CA; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lynne Benson and Ron Carlson, of Edcouch TX.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Garren; her parents; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Orel and Irene Benson, brother-in-law Jerome (Skip) Lahr; and dear friend, Grace Amemiya.
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Visitation

Sunday

30

Jul

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Collegiate United Methodist Church

2622 Lincoln Way
Ames, Iowa 50014

Service

Monday

31

Jul

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Collegiate United Methodist Church

2622 Lincoln Way
Ames, Iowa 50014

Graveside Service

Tuesday

1

Aug

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Stateline Cemetery

Stateline Rd and Hwy 139
Harmony, Minnesota 55939

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