Arlene May Benson, age 91, passed away May 30, 2023. She was born on April 23, 1932, in Blanding, Utah, to Andre’ Hector DeLaney & Lila Rogers DeLaney. She married Martin Joseph Benson III on September 23, 1953, and were later sealed in the LDS St. George Temple on September 23, 1993.
Arlene grew up in the small town of Blanding, Utah, and always knew how people were related across generations to those she grew up around. She was well known for her extensive genealogy knowledge and for remembering all the birthdays of family including details, such as birth weights. She met Martin while attending business school in Salt Lake City. Together they raised a family in Emigration Canyon. She served different church callings over the years, including Den Mother of the Cub Scouts. After their children were done with school, Martin and Arlene moved to Yuma Arizona and enjoyed visiting Mexico. She was remembered most for her homemade bread, james, biscuits & gravy, and other goodies by her children and grandchildren.
Arlene is survived by her children, Steven (Nyra) Benson, Marty (Melva) Benson, Jolene Sullivan, Jerry Benson, Jeffrey (Troylinn) Benson, 23 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-granchild, sisters, Joanne (Leonard) McCosh, Ernestine Camp, and brother, David Coppenger.
Arlene is proceeded in death by her husband, Martin J. Benson III, daughter, Linda, sons, James and Jon, brother, Roger, sister, Marie, and her parents.
Her family would like to acknowledge the special care given to Arlene by her caregivers, Hilda, Deb, Anne, and Laurie, as well as the team of caregivers at Dixie Home Hospice.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023, from 9:30 – 10:30 am, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Leeds Chapel, 75 North Main Street, Leeds, Utah. Funeral services will take place immediately following the visitation at 11:00 am, also at the Leeds Chapel.
The interment will take place at the LaVerkin City Cemetery, 580 North State St., LaVerkin, Utah.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454.
Family and friends are invited to sign Arlene’s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com