Josephine M. Benson

August 23, 1925January 10, 2021

Josephine M. Alerio Benson, 95, of Lexington, SC passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at home surrounded by family. She was born in Susquehanna, PA on August 23, 1925 to the late Matteo Alerio and Marie Guiseppa DeRosa Alerio.

Ms. Benson was an Army Nurse Cadet during World War II. Originally from Sidney, NY, she worked at The Hospital until relocating to SC in 1968. Retiring from Lexington Medical Center in 2000, she enjoyed giving back by volunteering at LMC Lexington until last year. She was also involved with Oliver Gospel Mission knitting hats and scarves for the homeless.

She was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Clarence Benson; son, Edward Benson and brothers, Mathew and Michael Alerio.

Ms. Benson is survived by her children, Celia Gumaer of Lexington, Frederick Benson (Linda) of Charlotte, Mary Jane Murphy (Harold) of Gilbert and Joanne Roland (Randy) of Leesville; grandchildren, Michael Hightower, Stephanie Olmstead, Will Gumaer, Colleen Cortright, Jeremy Murphy; three great grandchildren and sister, Celia Hawely.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2350 Augusta Hwy., Lexington, SC 29072. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, 503 North Lake Drive, Lexington, SC 29072. The funeral service can be viewed via livestream on Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel’s Facebook page.

Memorials may be made to LMC Foundation or Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

Special thanks to her caregivers, Katie, Teresa, Holly and Summer for the excellent care that she received.


  • LMC Foundation
  • Corpus Christi Catholic Church


  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021



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Ruth Crumpton

January 15, 2021

MJ and Harold, I am so sorry to see of Mrs.Josephine’s passing. I have such fond memories of her when we worked at LMC and saw her several times when she was volunteering. I will keep all of the family in my prayers in the weeks ahead. May the Lord bless you all. Love in Christ, Ruth Crumpton, Lexington, SC

Ruth Partlow

January 15, 2021

I was unaware of Mrs. B passing, I worked with her at Irmo UC several years and she taught me so much about nursing. Always enjoyed her stories and beautiful flowers she brought to brighten up the nurses station. So sorry for your loss she touched many lives.

Stephanie Olmstead

January 15, 2021

Grandma I will miss you very much tell grandpa and Uncle Ed I love and miss them. I remember growing up and spending summers at your house in columbia and swimming and the smell of homemade sauce for your lasagna. I love you.

Hima Dalal

January 15, 2021

Mrs. Benson came to us when we started our company. She and her husband were always a pleasure to work with. She will be deeply missed by all that worked with her here.

Judy Scanlon

January 15, 2021

With deep and heartfelt gratitude and love for Aunt Jay, and her incredible kind, compassionate and accepting heart. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, and all lives she touched. To my family, may you receive comfort in knowing that she knew how much she was loved. And may her love for you, hold you, and warm you, and continue to comfort you now, and forever. In Light and Love, Judy and Sigurd.

Fran Bond

January 14, 2021

I always looked forward to her next project and especially seeing her smiling face at church and LMC Hospital Auxiliary Luncheons. May we continuing being blessed with your charity.


Bobbie morales

January 14, 2021

I will miss sitting behind Josephine in church, she always brought a smile to everyone's face. May you now rest in peace my friend. Give Clarence my love.

Anne Cockrell

January 13, 2021

I also volunteer at LMC. And consider Mrs. B an inspiration to all of us. She was a giver and made her hats and things. May God give her family peace, at this time.

Deborah Singley

January 13, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear about Mrs. B. I enjoyed working with her at the main hospital as well as LMC Irmo. She was a great lady. RIP Mrs. B❤️

Doris Davis

January 13, 2021

To the Benson Family,
May God be with yall in your hour of bereavement May God comfort and keep you during this time.

I worked with Ms B at LMC Irmo back in 1995 I love her loving spirit she always put a smile on my face even when i did not want to smile I loved working with her. She will be missed.