Stella Benson, 95, of Maddock, N.D., died Monday, March 3, 2014, at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford, N.D.
Stella Jacobson was born Oct. 8, 1918, at the family farm in Hesper Township, rural Maddock, to Adele and Carl Jacobson. She attended elementary school in Hesper and graduated from the Benson County Agricultural and Training School in Maddock. Stella went to the New York Hairstyling Academy in Fargo. She worked in a beauty shop in Rugby.
Stella married Arthur Benson July 8, 1940, on her family farm. They had a double outdoor wedding with Stella's brother and wife. Stella and Art lived for a short time in Rugby and on a farm in East Fork Township before moving to the present farm near Maddock. In 1980, the couple moved into Maddock. Stella was a devoted wife and mother to three sons. Art passed away April 20, 2000.
She was an active member of North Viking Lutheran Church, where she held various offices in the WELCA and taught Sunday School. She loved Circle meetings and discussing the Bible lessons. She attended Circle whenever it was possible. She was also a member of a homemakers club for several years.
Art and Stella spent 30 winters in Florida, went on many fishing trips together and played cards with friends. Stella loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She could visit for hours with them or play cards. She was an avid bird-watcher and always had seed for them. Stella lived for a time at the Maddock Memorial Home and in October of 2013, moved to the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford.
Surviving are: 3 sons, Curt (Sylvia) Benson, of LaPorte, Minn., Rick (Bonnie) Benson, of Maddock, and Ryan Benson, of Fairfax, Iowa; 4 grandchildren, Craig (Karla) Benson, of Fargo, Carrie Benson, of Moorhead, Minn., Jared (Jennifer) Benson and Lorissa (Justin) Green, of Maddock; 9 great-grandchildren, Audrey, Abbey, Anna, Tate, Chase and Lane Benson, Colton, Jorgia and Naomi Green; a brother, Henning (Myrt) Jacobson, of Maddock; a sister, Pearl (Harold) Mueller, of Rugby; sisters-in-law, Edythe Jacobson, in Washington, and Ruth Nesset, in Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.
Stella was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Art; an infant daughter; a daughter-in-law, Carol; a brother, Lennert; and a sister, Sonja.
Funeral services: Saturday March 8, 2014, at 11 a.m., at North Viking Lutheran Church in Maddock.
Burial: Later in the spring in the church cemetery.
Visitation and prayer service: Visitation Friday, March 7, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the Nelson Funeral Home in Maddock
Online condolences may be left at (www.thenelsonfuneralhome.com).