Agnes Marie Benedict

April 28, 1925April 12, 2021
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This week, heaven gained a very special angel. Agnes Benedict passed away peacefully in her sleep sixteen days before her 96th birthday. The gratitude we have for this woman is beyond measure. Her heart was as pure as they come. She was a woman of exceptional intelligence, a wonderful musician, an avid reader and writer, she was an educator who loved to golf and travel. Her life was rich with meaningful and enduring friendships. She was loved deeply by her family to whom she devoted her presence and love to unequivocally. In this moment, though our hearts feel broken, we are blessed to cherish myriad fond memories with her. Here is a passage she wrote in her autobiography that sums up her joy for music, and for life: “Until I die, one of my best memories will be walking back to school to practice on those beautiful Kansas spring evenings, the always gentle breeze, the blue blue sky tinged with just a promise of the sunset, sometimes practicing our songs as we went. We felt ready to burst with the love of life!”

Agnes M. Benedict, 95, of Fort Collins, passed away on Monday April 12, 2021. Born in Ransom, KS, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Verna (Marcy) Turman. Agnes lived in WaKeeney, KS, where she graduated from high school in 1943. She attended Fort Hays State University, graduating with two majors in English and Piano Performance. She met her husband Norm Petty in college and they were married in 1947. Norm was killed in a plane crash in 1960. They had three children, Tom, Jan, and Kirk.

Agnes moved to Fort Collins in 1960 and continued to education at Colorado State University where she earned her Masters Degree in Education in 1965. She continued additional graduate studies at the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado University, and Denver University. During these years she met Gene Benedict and they married in 1963. Gene passed away in 2007.

She was a private piano teacher, a church organist and she taught in the Poudre School District for 20 years at Lincoln and Boltz Junior Highs and Fort Collins High school. She taught Reading, English, and Humanities and was one of the first Media Specialists in PSD. She also taught as a graduate assistant at Colorado State University in Piano, Computer Applications, and Word Processing.

Agnes enjoyed her many memberships and volunteer opportunities in the community of Fort Collins. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Chapter EB PEO, Sigma Alpha Iota (music fraternity), Fort Collins Symphony Guild, the Collindale Women’s Golf Association, and multiple bridge and book groups. She volunteered with the Cub Scouts, Camp Fire girls, at Poudre Valley Hospital, the Junior Red Cross, Poudre Schools District, and multiple youth choirs.

A new world opened for Agnes when she met and married Gene Benedict. Activities which they enjoyed together included biking, skiing, backpacking, canoeing, and time with friends and family at their Steamboat cabin.

Surviving Agnes are daughter, Janet Campbell (Craig) of Fort Collins; son, Kirk Petty of Fort Collins; grandchildren, Brittany Juillard (Joe) of Elizabeth, Co, Adam Petty of Denver, Co, Anna Campbell of Twin Falls, ID, Kyle Petty of Fort Collins; Great Granddaughter, Esme Juillard; Niece, Bobbi Kidder (Ed Gangner) of Ashland, OR; and Nephew, Bruce Glass of Mead, CO.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Gene Benedict and Norm Petty; son, Tom Petty; parents Verna and Tom Turman; and siblings, Phyllis Glass and Hugh Turman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: The Music Fund, First United Methodist Church, 1005 Stover St, Ft. Collins, 80524 or The Scholarship Fund, PEO Chapter EB, 4709 Prairie Vista Dr, Ft. Collins, 80526.

A memorial service will be held at 2PM on Friday April 30, 2021, at Resthaven Funeral Home, 8426 US 287, Fort Collins, CO. Inurnment and reception will follow.


  • Kyle Petty, Urn Bearer
  • Adam Petty, Urn Bearer

  • The Music Fund, First United Methodist Church
  • The Scholarship Fund, PEO Chapter EB


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Inurnment

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Reception

    Friday, April 30, 2021


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JoAnn Sisson

April 30, 2021

Many fond memories of Agnes. We worked together in the
Media Center at Boltz, and after school was out we would go to Colindale and play a round of golf and then continue to play
in the summer and after we both retired. Also played a few hands
of bridge with her. She was a GREAT LADY!!!
JoAnn Sisson

Gail Baker

April 29, 2021

I taught Reading at Boltz Junior High when Agnes was in the Library. In fact, she was instrumental in my getting a teaching position there. She was always so helpful to both students and teachers. She was such an integral part of Boltz. I have fond memories of Agnes and she will be missed. My condolences to her family.
Gail Baker

Janet Campbell

April 29, 2021

My mother was a wonderful blessing. She left a legacy of love for our family and all those she encountered on life’s journey. I am thankful for her love, generosity, and support for all these years.
She exemplified the virtues of character, responsibility, courage, compassion, loyalty, honesty, persistence, friendship, hard work, self-discipline, faith, and inspiration. These are ideals which she strove to live her life by.
Her legacy of love helps me in this time of sorrow and shall be the most important memory which I shall carry all the days of my life. Her wish for you is that you may put hope before sadness.
Jan Campbell

Kathy Benedict

April 28, 2021

To my Ft. Collins family...thank you for including me and Wil in your video tribute. Agnes and Gene were always so gracious to me over all the years. I still recall learning how to play tennis in those early days with their help and then winning a ladies singles tournament. And the day they gave me a key to the cabin...what a privilege. God bless you all and may God give you comfort during these sad times. Much love , Kathy B.

Mickey Speck

April 28, 2021

My father Keith and Agnes lived at MacKenzie place at the same time for several years. Every day at Breakfast the would see each other and wave from across the dining hall. It was a ritual that my father cherished and now they can do it again. We will miss her smiling face.

Craig Campbell

April 27, 2021

One of many memories of Agnes (mom) is warmth. She welcomed me into the family with warmth and love. She was very warm with integrating our Campbell family holiday traditions into and expending the Benedict family traditions. She had a warm cocoa, tea, or cider to offer upon returning to the cabin from a day of skiing, She treated all those she encountered with respect and warmth. Blessed to be her son in law.

Toni Farquhar

April 26, 2021

Agnes’ guidance and leadership assisted so many of us at Boltz Junior High. The media center was an integral part of the school thanks to her and her forward thinking approach to education. We remember Agnes with great fondness and admiration. We are sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Toni Farquhar and Thomas Smith

Richard Wardwell

April 23, 2021

i was so saddened to read of your mother's passing, although there is some comfort in knowing what a rich, full life she lived; i feel honored to have known such a kind, gentle woman of tremendous talent and vitality. she will always be in my fond memories of fort collins;


Paige Lunberry

April 22, 2021

Kirk, Janet and family, My condolences on the loss of your mother. She was definitely a lady and will be missed. I am blessed to have met her. Warmest Regards, Paige Evans Lunberry

Roger and Margaret Lam

April 21, 2021

Agnes was a fine person, intelligent, curious, friendly, generous, loyal, and fun.

Kirk, and family, we are so sorry for your loss.

With love,
Margaret and Roger Lam