Joan Marcel Benson, 79, of Huntington, died at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Joan was born May 10, 1937 in Huntington, the daughter of Dewey Schele and Gladys Margrete (Denney) Kline. She graduated from Huntington Township High School in 1955 and married Verlin "Jerry" Benson 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; her step-mother, Leota Dormire Kline; and a step-brother, Lex Dormire. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 at Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Dr., Huntington. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Bailey-Love Mortuary with Rev. Richard Strick officiating. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Huntington County. Preferred memorials are to St. Peter's First Community Church, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Cancer Services for Huntington County or United Cerebral Palsy, in care of Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Dr., Huntington, Ind., 46750. Sign the online guestbook at www.baileylove.com. Bailey-Love Mortuary is honored to serve the family of Joan Marcel Benson.
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