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|Sallie L. Benson|
|Viewing: May 21, 2018 (Monday) from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.|
Service: May 21, 2018 (Monday) at 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Mary's Parish and Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, 18230 Barnesville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838
Sallie Larsen Benson born April 6th, 1934 to Donna Marie Bounds Larsen and Dr. C. Donald Larsen in Kalamazoo, Michigan. When Sallie was 5 years old, her family moved to Bethesda, Maryland where her father was a leading biochemist in cancer research at the newly opened National Institutes of Health (NIH).
After graduating from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in 1952, Sallie graduated from The Washington School for Secretaries with Honors. Sallie met her life love Donald “Ben” Benson in 1950 and they were married February 27th , 1954 at Chevy Chase Methodist Church.
During their 64 years of marriage, they had seven children – Chris, Wendy, Tim, Joseph, Pam, Danny and Bobby. Although Joseph died at birth, he remained close in her heart all her life. The extended family now includes 7 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.
After early years in Bethesda, in 1967 the family moved to a small farm in Barnesville, Maryland overlooking Sugarloaf Mountain. After 20 years, upon becoming empty-nesters, they built a custom home on their property designed by their son, Danny, across from St. Mary’s Catholic Church where they resided for another 20 years. For the last decade, Sallie and Ben resided in a retirement community in Gaithersburg, Maryland where they made many new friends.
Sallie lived a full life with many interests, skills, and creative hobbies. An expert seamstress, she designed and made many of her own clothes, including her own wedding dress! Sallie also loved embroidery. Other interests and passions through-out her life included the performing arts, gardening, reading, interior design, genealogy and staying connected with friends and family. An avid traveler, she particularly enjoyed many trips to London, a special visit to her ancestors’ homelands of Denmark and Sweden and a pilgrimage trip to the Vatican. However, her most special memories were made closer to home with her husband and family at Rehoboth Beach.
As a young woman, Sallie was first introduced to the Catholic Faith by a friend and was baptized on December 11th , 1959. Since then, her faith, particularly her relationship with the Blessed Mother, has been a guiding strength and comfort.
Sallie was always close to her mother and like her, was known for her impeccable dress and manners, complete with a hat for every occasion that matched her outfit. Wherever she went she received compliments for her grace and elegance.
Her love of people made her keen to be involved in any family event or activity, as well as to help and assist any friend or family member in need. Her willingness to always be supportive and helpful was a special attribute and was much appreciated by many.
After a courageous battle with cancer, Sallie is now at rest with the members of her departed family. Throughout her life, Sallie was a supporter of numerous charitable organizations and causes. Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the American Cancer Society.
NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER
I give you this one thought to keep –
I am with you still – I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone –
I am with you still – in each new dawn.
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