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Marion Fay Benson
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Obituary for Marion Fay Benson

Marion Benson, 103 years old, a long time resident of Skagit Valley died in Burlington Washington on Wednesday January 17 2018. She was born Marion Fay Smiley in Blaine Washington on April 29, 1914, to Robert and Estella Smiley. Marion was a descendent of Skagit pioneers. Her Grandfather Haley R Hutchinson owned what is now Hillcrest Park in Mount Vernon and as a child she spent summers on the property which was covered in flowers and ponds. Marion attended high school in Sedro Woolley and Mount Vernon. She married Leon Benson of Baker Heights in 1933. They moved to Seattle where they raised four children. Marion was a “Rosie the Riveter” at Boeing during WWII working on B-17 bombers. She later worked at the Bon Marche in Seattle and then as a cook in schools and nursing homes. She has fond memories of her time in the kitchen at Josephine Sunset Home in Stanwood. She enjoyed needlework, crafts, gardening, raising dogs, traveling, and most of all her family. Marion was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Leon, her son Robert Gary Benson and her brothers Bud and Bill Smiley. She is survived by her son Leon Jr and wife Jan of Boise Idaho, daughter Linda Fowler and husband Tom of Tucson Arizona, daughter Peggy Doyle and husband John of La Conner. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren as well as her nieces and nephews. She will be missed by many. Thank you to the staff at Prestige Care and Rehab in Burlington for your loving care of Marion this past year.

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Mount Vernon Cemetery

1200 E Fir Street
Mount Vernon, Washington 98273


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