A native of Jamestown, she was born Dec. 14, 1928, a daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth Hiller Riley.
She was a 1946 graduate of Jamestown High School and was a member of the seventh grade Social Club.
Surviving are three children, Deborah Andersen of Bemus Point, Robert Benson of Jamestown and Thomas (Sue) Benson of Jamestown; seven grandchildren, Amy (Keith) Mait, Megan Benson, Katie (Chris) Kozlowski, Kelley (Bernie) Auer, Candy (Chris) Frost, Tom Andersen and Robbie Benson; and four great-grandchildren, Riley and Andrew Auer, Alex Mait and Logan Frost.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Benson, whom she married March 30, 1947, and who died June 2, 2014; and three sisters, Helen Peterson, Jane Colburn and Louise Riley.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Lind Funeral Home. Rev. Daniel S. Rumfelt will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery. Friends will be received from 4-6 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Robert H. Benson Fund, 418 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701.
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Published in The Post Journal August 3,2016