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.

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3 Messages to “Marilyn A. Benson”

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    Margaret Mayer Zancanella Says:

    I just learned that Doc and Marilyn Benson both passed away in the last year. They were both influential in my life as I worked at the Waverly, Larch and other clinics. Marilyn was always kind and supportive, but SO gracious when I lost my mother to cancer. Doc challenged me to be the best I could be. Whenever he came out to check on the clinic, I stroved to leave no surface uncleaned. I never wanted to disappoint. Mary and Peter were great to work with, too. I felt part of the family; and although belated, I feel I’ve lost two important people from my life.

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    Paul Sedlacek Says:

    I just read about “Doc’s” passing in the MSU Perspectives magazine.
    I was certainly saddened to hear about it and it caused me to reflect about his impact on me. I learned a lot about business from hi..but some things about life as well. I always admired his love of life, positive outlook, and especially his dedication and affection for his wife. He was truely one of the “larger than life” chararacters I’ve ever had the good fortune of knowing.
    I now see that Marilyn has passed as well. It seems right that they are together. Their love for each other was so clear for everyone to see. She truely “had his back” and was devoted to him.

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    Laurette and Charlene Says:

    We are so saddened for your Family’s loss; Marilyn’s love and graciousness was certain to touch upon all who met her. Now in God’s Loving Hands, both Marilyn and your Father’s legacy of love continues to watch over You All…
    Our Thoughts and Prayers,
    Laurette and Charlene

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