Barbara Benson


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Posted Online: March 15, 2014, 5:59 pm
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Barbara B. Benson, 74, of Rock Island, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014, at her home.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials may be made in care of the Sanctuary Church, QC Prayer Center, both of Davenport, or to the family.
Barbara was born in Clinton, Iowa, on Oct. 25, 1939, a daughter of Roy F. and Delores F. Thomas Wilson. She married Phillip Benson on Nov. 1, 1958, in Canton, Ill.
Barbara worked for 10 years in SouthPark Mall as part of the management team at Bishop's Buffet. She later worked for 10 1/2 years as the personnel manager for Walmart in Davenport, retiring in the early 2000s.
Barbara was very active in her community. She was a member of the Sanctuary Church in Davenport. She was an administrator of Children's Church "Kingdom Kids." She was also a Sunday school and vacation Bible school leader through the years. She was a small group and worship leader in her church for several years as well. Barbara was a 25-year troop leader for the Brownies and Girl Scouts. She also led small workshops and groups for music for the scout district. Many times, she would sing on the phone to a request from a workshop attendee who had forgotten a tune.
Barbara was a charter board officer and score keeper for Rock Island girls' softball as well as a board officer for the Rock Island Booster Club. Barbara was part of the team that painted the field house in school colors. She was also a PTA member and officer for 30 years.
She was a member of the Junior Women's Club of Rock Island, committee member of the local planning group for the Children's Miracle Network, team member for Cleansing Streams Ministry, sang in Handel's "Messiah" at Augustana College several years and planned and directed "Festival of Love," which drew participation from many area churches.
Barbara loved to watch the Chicago Cubs, cross-stitch, flowers and music. Her favorite times were watching her grandchildren in their sports and music events.
Being homebound in her later years presented time for Barbara to pray blessings and revival for the Quad-Cities and world.
Survivors include her husband, Phillip Benson, Rock Island; children (and spouses), Denise (Gary) Jones, Davenport, Phillip "Mark" (Sammy) Benson, Chicago, and Becky Benson, Rock Island; grandchildren, Tabitha Jones, Amorette Jones, Matthew Jones, Bethany (Ryan) Neumeyer, Havalah Jones and Mariah Benson; great-grandchildren, Kyla, Jerzi, Emily, Laura, Jaydon and Clara; and sister, Crystal Metheny, Rockford, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.












 



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