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In Memory of Nancy L. Benton

Nancy Benton, age 91, died peacefully at Christian Community home on July 15, 2020.

She was born on Oct 17, 1928 to O.D. and Kathryn L Duggins in New Albany, Indiana.

Nancy attended New Albany High School for three years prior to moving to St. Paul, MN, where she graduated from St. Paul Central High School in 1946, going on to attend the University of Minnesota.

Following a year at the UofM, Nancy took a position at Montgomery Wards in the customer service center, followed by a short time at Blue Cross Blue Shield. The next four years were spent at the American Red Cross as head of the Fund Campaign office, supervising volunteers and raising money for the local Chapter. This was her last job as she became part of the last generation to be able to stay home and raise a family.

Residing in St. Paul with first husband, Mike Rugg, she was introduced to the sport of curling at the St. Paul Curling Club, a hobby she enjoyed participating in for many years and an enthusiastic supporter for the remainder of her life. When that union ended, Nancy moved to Afton, MN with second husband, George Benton, where they resided for 25 years, raising a blended family there and at their beloved lake home in Ely, MN.

Following George’s death in 1999, Nancy resided in Hudson, WI for several years before meeting Darrell Brown and marrying at the age of 75, moving to Lincoln, NE for the next 15 years. Health issues brought Nancy back to Hudson, WI to be nearer her family.

Nancy was very active in her church, both in Lincoln and Hudson and a proud member of PEO. She was a voracious reader, an avid and accomplished quilter and gardener, and quite the accomplished cook. She found great joy in feeding the masses, whether her large family, entertaining guests at home or the lake, or events at the curling club or church.  

She is survived by children: Bill Witt (Shelly) of Tulsa, OK, David Rugg (Jane) of Clayton, DE, Thomas Rugg of Osceola, WI, Becky Kirkpatrick (Dan) of Hudson, WI, Robert Benton of St. Paul, MN, Peter Benton, MN, and John Benton (Rose Sorenson) of Plymouth, MN; step children: Cindy Benton Brooks (Michael) of Lakeland, MN, Michael Benton of Bloomington, MN, Betsy Benton Beedle (Brian) of Lake St. Croix Beach, MN, and Christopher Rugg (Anita) of Brooklyn Park, MN; along with many grand and great grand children

Preceded in death by parents, O.D and Kathryn Duggins; brother, Thomas Duggins; son, Daniel Benton; stepson, Timothy Benton; and daughter in law Maxine Benton.

Services will be private for the family.

Memorials may be given to Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, 15251 Pleasant Valley Rd, Center City, MN 55012.

The family wishes to the thank the staff of Red Cedar Canyon Assisted Living, Christian Community Home, and Lakeview Hospice Services for their outstanding care and support of Nancy.

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    • I got to know Nancy at the sunset of her life. She had returned to the Hudson area and returned also to St Paul’s Episcopal in Hudson. We needed a Vestry member and Nancy offered her services. With the caveat of reduced visual and hearing capabilities being okay, we appreciated her wise counsel and gentle hand with several challenges. The last time we spoke about a hurdle at church, she stated simply, “We can’t be afraid to just talk with each other!” And she was so right. I will always remember her care and concern for people and for the harmony within our faith community. God Bless you, Nancy, and I look forward to talking with you someday again.

    • I had the good fortune to become friends with Nancy through our attending St. Marks in Lincoln Nebraska. A kinder more generous friend I have never made. All the wonderful times together at Darrel’s and her home, activities at St Marks and St. Davids will continue to be an inspiration and joy to me. Her kindness and strength are a part of my heart and will be treasured there forever. Our last phone call was filled with laughter and love, just like Nancy. True Blessings.

    • I have lost a true friend in Nancy. She has been my “go to” for many years. I didn’t know Nancy until Arden Hills curling club was formed but it didn’t take long to see she was a leader and organizer. Our sons John and Steve curled juniors together so we made several trips supporting the boys. Oh so many memories.

    • It was my good fortune to be a Farm Lake neighbor to Nancy and George from the mid 70’s. We called their cabin the Farm Lake Hilton and as noted in the lovely obituary, Nancy was a gracious hostess serving incredibly good food.
      We found connection in the northwoods, talking curling and recipes and love of a good joke. On several visits George would tell stories of the very early days on the north shore of Farm Lake, sharing tidbits about Ralph Plaisted, Dick Brooks, Wally Lavac and all the old crew.
      Well done Nancy and enjoy your trip to “picnic island” and resting again in the northwoods. Blessed Be.

    • Well, what can I say…….John and I were best friends growing up. We were always a little different than everyone else. I think we cracked George and Nancy up on a regular basis. We would her “John bosley” shouted from their chairs on a regular basis. I can’t imagine having John at their ages ( now that I’m old and had my own). Good gosh they must have been wore out.

      Well one night we’re in the kitchen being weird and goofing off as usual…. johns like “ you want some fruit cocktail?” Being a fat kid that loves food, I was like “heck yeah!!”

      Well Nancy was a good cook, she didn’t just dump canned fruit in a bowl, it was real cut up fruit, with big slivers of perches. Well we got to giggling and laughing our rears off……long story short, I gave birth to a peech slice through my nasal canal😂. Not no whimpy peech slice, a Nancy Benton home made fruit cocktail peech slice.

      Til we meet again Nancy, John and I will make you shake your heads, look over your glasses and shout “John bosley!” Once again.