Helen Arlene Carlson Benjamin, 93, of Fergus FallsPublished 9:41am Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Updated 11:44am Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Born Jan. 5, 1920, in Maine Township, to Algot and Lillie (Nelson) Carlson, Helen lived in Fergus Falls, graduated from Fergus Falls High School and Stout in Menomonee, Wis., with a BS in Home Economics, which she used as a teacher at Watertown, S.D., and Fergus Falls high schools.
She judged 4-H garments and foods for many years at the Otter Tail County Fair and taught community education adult classes in upholstery, tailoring, foods and other courses in her field.
She was Baptized and an active member at First Baptist Church in Fergus Falls.
On Oct. 16, 1943, shemarried Harold Gustav Benjamin in Minneapolis in the parsonage of the Rev. J.G. Johnson.
They went to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where Harold taught instrument mechanics with Northwest Orient Airlines in Canada, Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.
Following World War II, the couple made Fergus Falls their next and final home where Helen became an active member of the Home Economics Club and instrumental in establishing a chapter of Christian Women’s Club.
Foods from her kitchen and garments created at her sewing machine were done to perfection.
Helen and Harold spent many winters in Mesa, Ariz., with friends and enjoyed being grandparents during their Minnesota seasons.
Preceding her in death were parents; husband; sisters, Margaret (Ralph) Olson and Jeanette (Alford) Gustafson.
Survivors include her son, Steven (Edie) Benjamin, and daughter Sharon Taylor of Fergus Falls; grandchildren, Naomi (Alfred) Tofibam, Rachel (Daniel) Wenzel, Jenny (Randy) Scott, Christopher (Carina) Taylor and Justin (Jamie) Taylor; eight great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Christian Ministry of donor’s choice.
Visitation: One hour prior to the service
Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, in the Light and Life Auditorium at Broen Home
Clergy: Rev. Ken Austin
Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Fergus Falls
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls