Francelia Benton

Francelia "Fran" Mary Benton

July 14, 1924 - February 1, 2020
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Francelia “Fran” Mary Benton, 95, of Spearfish, died Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Spearfish Canyon Health Care.
Fran was born on July 14, 1924, in Edgemont, SD, to Earl Dunham and Maudie May Strickland. She was raised in Edgemont by her grandparents, David and Mary Strickland. She grew up surrounded by her aunts, uncles, and cousins. On February 15, 1945, Fran married Harold Harmon Anderson. To this union, two sons were born: Gene Harmon Anderson on October 23, 1945, in Igloo, SD, and then Marvin Harold Anderson on February 18, 1947, in Hot Springs, SD. Fran and Harold later divorced in December of 1949. Fran then met Carl James Benton, and they were married on October 26, 1953, and spent over 43 wonderful years together before Carl died on January 27, 1997.
Over the years, Fran lived in many places, including Igloo, Sturgis, and Whitewood. She purchased 1223 Pine Street in Whitewood in November of 1961 for just $500.00. In 1963, she decided to upgrade and bought a brand new, luxurious manufactured home. She and Carl lived there for many years.
Fran enjoyed many things, including reading romance novels, watching her favorite shows, Dancing With The Stars and Gunsmoke, and enjoyed some dancing of her own. She loved classic country, Dwight Yoakam the most, and was a huge fan of Elvis Presley and Patrick Swayze. Fran was stubborn and strong-willed, driving up until September of 2018, when she was 93 years old. Above all else, she cherished the time she spent with her family.
Fran is survived by her son, Marvin Anderson; granddaughters, Gina (Robert) Haiwick, Marva Davis (Bobby Wilcox), Brenda Chavez, and Shaun Hinesley; great-grandchildren, Ashley (Joshua) McNeese, Andrea Stark (Derek Daniels), Alyssa (Brandon) Loll, Kaelob (Stacy) Orr, Jhett Davis, Baylee Davis, Kerbey Anderson, Cruz Chavez, and Summer Olson; and great-great-grandchildren, Amelia and Elizabeth McElvaney, Anthony Carter, Felix McNeese, Adilee Ladner, Holden Loll, and Kooper and Kaylee Orr.
She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents; her husband, Carl Benton; and her son, Gene Anderson.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Whitewood Cemetery with Mr. Robert Haiwick officiating.
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  • Graveside Service

    February 8, 2020 | 11:00am
    February 8, 2020 11:00am
    Whitewood Cemetery
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    Whitewood, SD 57793
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    Mr. Robert Haiwick

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Mary Bowman Cudmore

Posted at 09:44am
I just read that Fran passed away. My heart goes out to the family. Fran was an exceptional mother. She loved her 2 boys. She was a wonderful neighbor? I cannot remember her without a smile on her face. I was fortunate to visit with her a few years ago. She still had that twinkle in her eyes. I will have nothing but fond memories of her. May she rest in peace.

Amelia and Elizabeth McElvaney

Posted at 05:11pm
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Patti Nequette

Posted at 07:32pm
What a beautiful angel for us to enjoy while she was here with us. I first met Fran and Carl in 1968 in Oct. We had went to the mckillips where my mom was to meet a as fran ssud a nice man. I was outside playing with the puppies when a man rode up on his horse and peered at the nice woman Carl had told him hed meet and her little girl. That little girl was me. I got my first horse ride before he even met my mom. Three months later he became my daddy. It was like fran and carl knew that we all needed each other. Fran even gave me a siamese kitten that was my friend all thru my school years. She would always visit my mom and I even had her over for a holiday meal with my mom. My way of saying thank you for the two most amazing gifts a girl could ever have. She had known my dad as he was a little biy in edgemont. I will surely never forget this beautiful angel.

Chris Cox

Posted at 05:21pm
So sorry for your loss, Fran was a wonderful lady.

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