Marjorie Thelma Benson

03/31/1930 — 03/21/2019

From Richland, WA | Born in Dickinson, ND

Marjorie Thelma Benson

Marjorie Thelma (Reisenauer) Benson beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 21, 2019. She was born in Dickinson, ND on March 31, 1930, daughter of Andrew and Mary (Schmitt) Reisenauer.

After graduating from Dickinson High School, Marjorie worked at the Dickinson Utility Company. She loved to dance (jitterbug and polkas). She met the love of her life, Bernard (Bernie) Benson at a dance in Dickinson, ND.

They married in 1952 and had five daughters. The family moved to the Tri-Cities in 1960 where Marjorie worked for ITT (fabrication department) and was a Union Steward of Local Union 112 IBEW. Later she was employed with Old National Bank 

Marjorie was a member of the Eagles Lodge 2485 and Moose Lodge 1716. She was a devout Catholic and religiously prayed the rosary. She had a charismatic personality and unconditional love for family and friends. She had a wonderful sense of humor and an easy going personality where everyone around her enjoyed her company. She was an avid fan of the Seattle Mariners and her favorite player was Ichiro. Family meant the world to her and she loved cooking for family gatherings. 

Marjorie is survived by daughters: Cheryl (Lou), West Richland, WA; Connie, Portland, OR; Corinne (Rick), Kennewick, WA; Carla (Gary), Mesa, AZ; and Cathy (Mike), Kennewick, WA; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; sister-in-laws: Martha Reisenauer, Dickinson, ND; Ardyce Reisenauer, Turlock, CA; and Rosemary Benson, Pasco, WA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard J. Benson; father and mother, Andrew and Mary (Schmitt) Reisenauer; 6 siblings: Pauline Roshau, Dickinson, ND, Frank Reisenauer, Dickinson, ND, Catherine Sutton, Dickinson, ND, Betty Miller, Spokane, WA, Leo Reisenauer, Turlock, CA, and Marie Olson, Richland, WA.

The family would like to give special thanks to Michele Patrick (Hospice nurse) for her compassion, professional care, and kindness to our mother during her transition. Our family is very grateful to Crystal Worcott (nurse) and caregivers at the Rosetta Assisted Living, Richland, for all their devotion, compassion, and care, making Rosetta a safe place to live.

Donations may be made to the Tri-Cities local hospice provider, Chaplaincy Health Care, 1480 Fowler St. Richland, WA.

Private family services were held.

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  • Remembering Marge in our high school years in Dickinson, she was a good friend to many of us.
    Condolences to all family members….

    Clara Thielen Hauck
    January 31, 2020
    Fargo ND (living with my daughter)