Babe E. Benson, 88 of Wolford, ND passed away on Monday April 26, 2021 at the Towner County Living Center, Cando ND. Services will be held at a later date.
Cards can be sent to The Benson Family, 5010 78TH St NE, Wolford, ND 58385
In lieu of flowers, memorial can be sent to the Hawk Museum. 4839 78th St. NE., Wolford, ND 58385, Mylo Cemetery. 8203 49th Ave., Mylo, ND 58353 or Country Lanes. P.O. Box 104, Cando, ND 58324.
Babe Eleonore Jolliffe was born March 9, 1933 to Lee and Edna (Baarstad) in Rolla, North Dakota. She graduated from Bisbee High School with the class of 1951. On June 3, 1951 she was united in marriage to Dick Benson in the Mylo Lutheran Church. They made their home in the rural Wolford area on a farm and to this union four children were born; Carla, Rick, Randy, and Dean.
Babe was board secretary and business manager for Wolford School district for 27 years as she helped on the farm and raised their family. She enjoyed spending summers at her lake cabin on Belcourt Lake where her family would visit and enjoy pontoon rides, water skiing and fishing. She was an active member of the Mylo Lutheran Church and spent many hours quilting with the ladies’ group which continued on for many years after the church closed. She then became a member of the Wolford Lutheran Church. For over fifteen years Babe chaired the Ice Cream Parlor during the Annual Antique Show at the Dale & Martha Hawk Museum. Bowling was her passion; she bowled regularly in Rolla and later Cando. She, at times, bowled three times a week in mixed, coffee cup, and women’s leagues. In 2013 she participated in the North Dakota State Woman’s Senior Bowling Tournament which awarded her a trip in 2014 to the National Woman’s Senior Bowling Tournament in Reno, Nevada. For this special event she was presented a vest to wear with “North Dakota Babe” embroidered, which earned her a new nickname among her fellow bowlers. Babe had many blue heeler dogs over the years and leaves behind her red heeler, Rusty. She has been a resident of the Towner County Living Center since April of 2019.
Babe is survived by Dick, her husband of nearly 70 years, sons Rick of Wolford, Randy (Kathryn) of Bisbee, Dean (Klang) of Wolford; son-in-law Don Lee of Minot ND; grandchildren Rebecca (Tracy Tarr) Lee and Emily Lee of Minneapolis, MN; Jarrin Benson with great-granddaughter Lennon of Portland OR; and Sara (Kyle) McClammer with great-grand sons Maxwell and George of Indianapolis, IN; sisters Peggy (Dell) Melton/Jaha and Bonnie Bertsch both of Boise ID and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Carla Lee, daughter-in-law Lavonna; brothers Neil and Jim Jolliffe; sister Terry Stegrey and grandson Jay Essen.
Babe will be remembered for her laugh and generosity and will missed by everyone who knew her.