JOAN MARCEL BENSON, 79, of Huntington, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, 9:20 p.m., at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Born May 10, 1937, in Huntington, she was the daughter of Dewey Schele and Gladys Margrete (Denney) Kline. She graduated from Huntington Township High School in 1955 and married Verlin "Jerry" Benson on Aug. 20, 1960, at College Park United Brethren Church in Huntington. She worked at Fort Wayne Imaging Center as a bookkeeper and was an excellent seamstress. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Verlin "Jerry" Benson of Huntington; four sons, Bradley (Lorri) Benson of Columbia City, Bevan Benson of Ingleside, Texas, Brady (Jodi) Benson of Huntington, and Blake Benson of Cincinnati, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Rachel Harkin, Adam Brinneman, Jenna Millican, Brook Hardin, Celsey Brinneman, Brandon Benson, and A.J. Benson; and three great-grandchildren, Elle Hardin, Wyatt Thacker and Duke Harkin. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, D.B. Kline and Don Kline; a sister, Gloria Jean Kline; stepmother, Leota Dormire Kline; and a stepbrother, Lex Dormire. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 West Park Drive, Huntington, with visitation one hour prior to service. The Rev. Richard Strick officiating. Visitation also from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial in Union Cemetery, Huntington County. Preferred memorials to St. Peter's First Community Church, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Cancer Services for Huntington County, or United Cerebral Palsy, c/o Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 West Park Drive, Huntington, IN 46750. Please sign the online guestbook at www.baileylove.com .
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