Alice Jean (Willis) Benson, 79, of Brainerd, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. Funeral services for Alice are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd with the Rev. Andy Smith officiating. There will be a visitation Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church. Interment is at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Brainerd.
Alice was born Oct. 8, 1928, in Jenkins, Minn., the daughter of Harold and Borgild (Olson) Willis. Her mother died at a young age and Alice helped care for her family. She moved to Brainerd and graduated from Washington High School. She was united in marriage to Ralph Benson on Jan. 7, 1951. Alice was a homemaker until the time she worked with her husband at Gustafson Center (formerly known as Paul Bunyan Lumber and Supply Company). They retired in 1984 and enjoyed traveling. Alice liked to golf, garden and ski. She was a member of First Lutheran Church.
Alice will be missed by her children, Sandra (Linn) Bergmann, of Plymouth and Scott (Brenda) Benson, of Hagerman, N.M.; two grandchildren, Ashley and Brandon Bergmann; and her siblings, Wilma Durham, of Baxter, and Harold Willis, of Onamia. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Ralph; her parents; her sisters, Donna and Artie; and her brothers, George, Johnny and Wilbur.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
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