Mary Cook Benson

Mary Cook Benson, age 84 of Grand Rapids, passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Judge Robert Benson; children, Margaret Benson (Arthur Simon), Meegan (Michael) Joyce, John Benson, Curt Benson (Jane Markey), Sarah Benson (Alan Mrozinski); brothers, James (Jane) Cook, Robert (Jeannete) Cook; sister, Margaret (Edward) Twohey; grandchildren, Julia, Caroline, and Gina Simon, Sarah, and Laura Joyce, Caitlin, and Robert “Bo” Benson, John, Mary, and William Mrozinski; also several nieces and nephews. Mary raised five children with love, homemade pie, humor and an occasional whack with a wooden spoon. A devoted wife and a great mom, she managed to contain Bob’s messiness, John’s and Curt’s antics and the general unruliness of five children. She sewed our clothes, made us do our homework, and fed us really, really well. Mary, aka mom and grandmama, loved candy, antiques, victorian silver, lots of bling, and her family. Especially her family. She will never be forgotten but she will always be missed. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1449 Wilcox Park Dr. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49506. Rev. James Chelich presiding. Visitation Tuesday 4-8:00 p.m. with Rosary recited 7:00 p.m. at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. S.E., Grand Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas the Apostle.

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