Darlene Benson

Darlene Benson (Senter)

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There will be a live stream of the Service on Saturday August 8, 2020 starting at noon. Just go to and click the live webcast. If you can't watch it live you can watch it at a later date. You will find that in Darlene's obituary page.
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Darlene Marie Senter Benson
1924 – 2020 (95 years young)

Our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Wife, Sister, and Friend passed away peacefully in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 23, 2020 of COVID.

Darlene was born August 27, 1924 in Pullman, Washington to loving parents, Guy Ned Senter and LaVina Ida Senecal.

She is the cherished mother of Gary Lee Benson (deceased), Ronald Phillip Benson (Linda, deceased), Robert Karl Benson (Claudia), Sharon Marie Peterson (Reginald), and Linda Darlene Humes (Ray). She was the proud and loving grandmother of 20; great-grandmother of 59; and great-great-grandmother of 3.

Darlene grew up in Pullman, Washington and attended one year at Washington State College where she met and fell in love with a young Air Force Cadet. She and Simon were married in Parowan, UT in 1943, moving every 9 weeks in the first year of marriage, finally settling and making their forever home in Provo, UT in 1954. They were sealed with their 5 children in the St. George Temple in 1962. Darlene was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was a faithful member serving in many positions, much of the time in the primary organization.

She deeply loved her family, had a strong testimony of the Church and was an excellent example of faith and service to others. She was an excellent cook, gardener, PBR, PRCA, and Utah Jazz fan, and an avid genealogist. She worked for Provo School District Food Services for 21 years, retiring in 1989 and then worked for Hickory Farms for 7 more years before retiring for the final time. Her favorite “job” however, was being the best friend and respite care provider for her disabled grandson, BJ. They spent many, many hours together and will be eternal rodeo & Jazz buddies.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 siblings, her oldest son (Gary), daughter-in-law (Linda), and her husband, Simon Karl Benson.

The family would like to express our love and appreciation to those who helped us care for our mother during her final year; Kerry Karr, RN; Nancy, Kayla, Simon, Ashlin, Tom, Chad, and so many more (Personal Care Assistants), as well as Tammy Nixon, Memory Care Director and all of the nurses at City Creek Post Acute. If we have forgotten anyone, we apologize – Mom loved everyone, and she was loved by so many!

Due to COVID-19, Private Family Funeral Services will be held Saturday August 8th, 2020 beginning at 12:00pm at Walker-Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E 800 N, Orem, UT. A visitation will be held at the funeral home the same day from 11:00am to 11:50am. Condolences may be offered online at
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 8th, 2020 | 11:00am - 11:45am
    Saturday, August 8th, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
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  • Service

    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Richard Louis Jensen

Posted at 03:19pm
We cherish our memories of Darlene. We always felt so welcome in her home. Her upbeat attitude, her gentle sense of humor, her enjoyment of sharing time and interests with BJ were great examples to us. We were impressed by the diligent care of her family members, beautifying and maintaining her home and yard--seasonal decorations were so enjoyable--taking her on family trips, taking her regularly to the swimming pool. We remember her delight with making new friends at Jamestown and her positive attitude about living there, though we knew how much her own home meant to her. We were so blessed to be her home teachers. Our very best wishes to all of Darlene's family.
Richard and Dorothy Jensen

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