Age 83, of Lansing, passed away May 31, 2012. She was born August 10, 1928, in Lansing. She was preceded in death by the love of her life and husband of 59 years, Charles “Doc” Benson, DVM, on October 18, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Marion McCowan.
She had six children: Don (Lisa) Benson, Peter Benson, Kathy VanAsperen, Mary Deyarmond, Cherie (Pat) Mann, and Charlie (Karen) Benson. She also adored her 11 grandchildren: Jessica (Nathan), Peter (Debi), Benjamin, Lucas, Patrick, Chelsea, Amanda, Katy, Randy, Charlie and Robin and her 6 great-grandchildren: Faith, Grace, Harmony, Nathan, Peter and Arielle.
Marilyn graduated from Lansing Eastern High School and was Valedictorian of her class at MSU. She was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority. She was a former Lansing School District teacher. She was a Girl and Boy Scout leader, a member of the MarMoor Estates Garden Club, and First United Methodist Church. She traveled the world with her husband (best friend) as his hunting companion; together, they also owned and operated the 5 Benson Animal Hospitals in the Lansing area. Marilyn was an artist and a lover of all wildlife. She enjoyed spending time with family at their cabin in Crystal, MI.
The funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2012, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to McLaren Hospice.