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Doris Benson

Funeral services for Doris Benson of Morris, will be held Friday, April 1, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris. Reverend Dell Sanderson will be officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, and for one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery near Hancock.

Doris Lucille Kampmeyer, daughter of George and Edna (Hellie) Kampmeyer, was born Dec. 30, 1932 in Morris. She grew up and received her schooling in Chokio, Minnesota, graduating from Chokio High School in 1950. Doris attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis, graduating with her degree in accounting in March 1951. She then worked for Otter Tail Power Company for a short time before she was united in marriage to Myron Benson. The couple was married at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chokio on Aug. 25, 1951. Following their marriage, they made their home on a farm in the Hancock area. In September 1965, Doris began working in the business office at the University of Minnesota Morris, and in 1973, they retired from farming and moved into Morris. Doris was a very active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Morris, serving on various committees, including 11 years as treasurer for the Women of Faith. Myron passed away on Nov. 15, 1991, and Doris has continued living in Morris since that time. On Dec. 31, 1995, Doris retired from the UMM Business Office after 30 years of dedicated service. Since her retirement, she has enjoyed traveling, continuing her activities at Faith Lutheran Church and volunteering for 10 years at nursing homes as an Ombudsman Advocate. She also loved raising her flowers (especially roses), scrapbooking, reading, crocheting, listening to music and spending time with her family.

Doris died on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at the University Hospital in Minneapolis, having lived to reach the age of 78 years.

She is survived by five children: Karen (Gerald) Hoffman of Kensington, Dennis (Jessie) Benson of Somerset, Wis., Jan (Cory) Anderson of Brooklyn Park, Kathy Benson of Morris and Sandy Fritz of Stillwater; seven grandchildren: Chris (Staci) Hoffman, Shawn Wink, Jeremy Wink, Joshua Benson, Cortland Fritz, Shaina Fritz and Sean Favorite and three great-grandchildren: Codi Hoffman, Paige Hoffman and Hailey Hoffman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Myron; her daughter, Wendy Sue Benson and her parents.

Pallbearers for the service are: Chris Hoffman, Shawn Wink, Jeremy Wink, Joshua Benson, Cortland Fritz, Sean Favorite, Codi Hoffman and Shaina Fritz. Rita Lambert will serve as organist for the service, with Gerald Hoffman serving as soloist. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.

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