Winifred Benson

March 7, 1928October 9, 2021

HOPEDALE ~ Winifred Benson, 93, of Hopedale, passed away at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 9, 2021 at the Hopedale Nursing Home in Hopedale.

Born March 7, 1928 in Yale, Illinois to Harvey Lawrence and Geneva Ollie (Cummins) Martin, she married Preston Hines Benson on January 17, 1947 in Peoria. He died April 11, 2014 in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving are two daughters, Marcia (David) McClain of Louisville, Kentucky and Janet “Jan” Wright (Mike) Schachtrup of Peoria Heights; two granddaughters, Jenny (Paul) Guerrieri of Louisville, Kentucky and Amanda Wright of Dallas, Texas; three grandsons, Chris (Chrissy) McClain of Louisville, Kentucky, Jonathan (Mae Gilliland Wright) Wright of Peoria and Matthew Wright of Lake Ozark, Missouri; and three great-grandchildren, Talon and Hailey Guerreri and Everett McClain of Louisville, Kentucky.

A homemaker, Winifred had worked at the Central National Bank in Peoria and later as a cashier and bookkeeper at the Jewel Tea & Super Value Grocery Store for 6 years in the 1960’s.

She had been a member of the Pekin First Church of the Nazarene and had attended Boynton Mennonite Church in Hopedale.

Her private graveside service will be Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin. Chaplain Carolyn Roper-Fowlkes from Compassus Hospice Care will officiate. There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Compassus Hospice Care, 7210 North Villa Lake Drive, Suite B, Peoria, Illinois 61614, to the Heart of Illinois United Way, 509 West High Street, Peoria, Illinois 61606, or to Sophia’s Kitchen, 504 Fulton Street, Peoria, Illinois 61602.

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  • Private Graveside Service

    Thursday, October 14, 2021


Winifred Benson

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