Benson, Gladys Ruth


Gladys Ruth Benson, 88, of Winona and formerly of Lewiston, passed away peacefully surrounded by family after a short illness in the evening on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at St. Anne’s in Winona.

Gladys was born on August 22, 1931, to Forrest and Mabel (Peterson) Bergey in Lanesboro, Minn. She attended Lanesboro High School, and during that time she met the love of her life, Darrell Benson. The two were married on June 14, 1952, and Gladys knew then what she repeated for the rest of her life – that Darrell was her true love. Together, Gladys and Darrell were members of St. Paul’s Church in Lewiston and she was involved in the church’s ladies circle.

In her early years, Gladys held several jobs at different companies and managed the books for Benson Farm Services, but her strongest dedication was to her family. Gladys always said that she was blessed with a wonderful family.

Gladys’ quiet demeanor hid her capacity for wit until you were able to sit down and talk with her at a personal level and get to know the real Gladys. She was a seamstress, a baker, and one of the most creative people you could ever hope to meet. She appreciated life to the fullest, and really took her time to enjoy the world around her. Gladys will be dearly missed.

Gladys is survived by three children, Debra Benson of Rochester, David (Lonna) Benson of Lewiston, and Bryan (Gayle) of Lewiston; nine grandchildren, Nathan Ulrich, Nicholas Ulrich, Emily Ulrich, Kaysie (Todd) Pakiz, Kayla (Zach) Rinn, Brennan (Kristen) Benson, Blake (Hayley) Benson, Derek (Katie) Benson, and Aaron (Amy) Benson; seven great-grandchildren, Riley, Brayden, Addison, Eden, Emery, Evan, and Alexander; sister, Muriel (Merlin) Quanrud of Minneapolis; and brother-in-law, Donald (Lorraine) Benson of Minneapolis.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell; her sister, Alyce Bergey; and her parents.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at St. Paul’s Church in Lewiston with a visitation one hour prior with Pastor Carol Garman officiating. Visitation will be held at St. Paul’s Church on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Interment will be in Lewiston Public Cemetery.

Please share a memory of Gladys at her online guestbook at

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