Atlanta, Georgia. Betty was born in Monroe, Georgia to the late Ezra T. Chick and Bessie
Hensler Chick on July 31, 1918.
Betty attended the University of Georgia and received a BA degree in Journalism. She was a
member of Chi Omega sorority and Theta Sigma Pi, an honorary journalism society. Betty met
Lawrence Walker Benson in 1935, also at the University of Georgia. They were married in 1941,
for over 54 years. They had four children, Lawrence W. Benson, Jr., of Thomasville, GA,
(married to Nancy Gleason Benson), John S. Benson, of Winston Salem, NC, (married to
Louise Sweet Benson), Susanne Benson Cofer, of Marietta, GA, (married to James T. Cofer),
and H. Marion Benson, of Atlanta, GA.
Betty and her husband raised their family in the Garden Hills neighborhood of Atlanta and were
members of Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. Betty was devoted to all her family, but
especially enjoyed her roles as wife, mother and grandmother. When her children were older,
she began working at North Fulton High School. After she and her husband retired, they moved
to her hometown of Monroe, GA, to care for her parents. After her parents and her husband
passed away, she became a long time resident of St. Anne’s Terrace in Atlanta. She was
blessed with many wonderful friends throughout her years. She will be missed.
In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by her sister Margaret
Firor. Betty is survived by her four children, her ten grandchildren ( Brian Benson, David
Benson, Matthew Benson, Susanne Benson, Nathaniel Benson, Elisabeth Carter, Leigh Hoover,
Thomas Cofer, John Cofer, and Caroline Benson), and ten great grandchildren. She is also
survived by her brother Tom Chick, and her sisters, Kitty Bridges and Joanne Swicegood.
Thank you to the caring staff and her many friends at St. Anne’s Terrace, to her Personal Care
caregivers and to the staff of Longleaf Hospice for enabling Betty to enjoy a long and fulfilling
life. A celebration of life will be held at St. Anne’s Terrace for staff and friends. Family will gather
at a graveside memorial at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. There will be no formal visitation.
Online condolences may be made at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/atlanta-ga/betty-benson-10264637. Memorials may be made to St. Anne’s Terrace, 3100 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA, 30327 (404-238-9200), Longleaf Hospice Foundation, Inc., 2310 Parklake Drive NE, #325, Atlanta, GA, 30345 (770-939-9179), or any charity of choice.