Patsy Benson

Patsy JoAnn (Jenkins) (Wiley) Benson was officially given her wings & title of Guardian Angel on April 30, 2018.

She was born July 1, 1936, in Bedford, to Walter Jenkins & Mary Jo Dalton. She was the fourth of 14 children born to Mary Jo. She married Kermit Wiley in Wabash, in 1953 before he left for the Korean War. They were married for 19 years. She married Ronald Benson in 1972. Ronald preceded her in death in 2002 which was a real surprise since she hadn’t yet given him permission.

She is survived by her children, Mary (Tim) McDonald, Lincoln City Ore., Marcia (Kevin) Wiley-Murphy, Sacramento Calif., and Audie (Joyce) Wiley, Concord Calif; five grandchildren, Chas Stumbo, Isabel Beard, Joshua Wiley, Jeremy Wiley, and Shane Wiley; nine great-grandkids, and three great-great- grandkids Caiden, Sophie, & Evalynn. She is survived by eight sisters, Jeanie Judah, Jackie Short, Laura Thomas, Beverly Chain, Rosie McDonald, Sandra Nordhoff, Jo Ellen Sutton, and Linda Randolph. She is also survived by two brothers Michael Gilbert, & Christopher Gilbert.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Georganna Jenkins & Jane Gilbert, and a brother Steve Gilbert.

She lived in Wabash from 1950 – 1962, Urbana Indiana 1962-1972, Wabash again 1972 – 1979. She moved to Las Vegas Nev. in 1979 and to Lincoln City Ore., on the ocean, in 1996. During her life she worked at Wagners, Magnetics, General Tire, had her own hair & wig salon, owned an auction business, worked in several casinos in Las Vegas, and did home health care in Oregon.

She was well known for many reasons, biggest being her kind & generous heart. She loved to sew & made hundreds of baby quilts. She gave them all away. Someone would be walking by with a child & she would run out & give them one of her quilts. She donated many to charities. She touched hundreds of lives with her quilts & would not have it any other way.

She was known for her colorful eyeglasses. She had a pair of glasses for every different color outfit in her closet. She loved everyone, but liking you could change from one minute to the next. She enjoyed life to the fullest and was a wonderful jokester. She loved to take her kids and their friends to line up cans across the highway then hide in the ditch when the cars hit them. She loved a good gay rights rally and could be found chanting “2-4-6-8, how do you know your kids are straight?” Around Lincoln City she was known as the little old lady driving the big red truck.

She was the glue that held her very large family together. She was the boss, the family knew it & let her rule.  Nothing made her happier than a family reunion. You could always find her at the center of the action, dancing, singing, and making sure that everyone got the door prize that they really wanted.

We have no doubt that she is in heaven bossing everyone around and making sure heaven has a nice porch, a swing set, a fort, and maybe a slide. She is free of the confines of her physical body and her soul is soaring. Her last request was that everyone know “she knew better & did it anyway”.

We respectfully ask that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or you simply remember how she touched your life and pay it forward


Posted on 2018 May 05