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Loa Irene Benton

July 19, 1918 April 26, 2019
Loa Irene Benton
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Obituary for Loa Irene Benton

There are two kinds of people in this life, the on- lookers and the doers. God blessed us with a doer when he gave us Loa Irene Benton. She loved life, she loved to laugh (or as many of us fondly remember “cackle”) her laughter was contagious!

Loa was born in Guthrie County in the summer of 1918 during World War 1 and the Spanish Flu outbreak to Ira & Vera Sheeder. She was raised along with 6 other brothers and sisters all who have proceeded her in death, except Vera Lucille Heckman (Lucy) of Guthrie Center and Delbert Duane Sheeder (Illene) of Perry, Ia. She was raised with a strong work ethic and a “never give up” attitude... Which is probably what helped her in obtaining her teacher’s degree from Drake University while being a farmer’s wife and raising their 2 daughters.

Loa met & married Franklin Benton, Feb.22, 1937 – during a blizzard, none the less. They were blessed with three daughters…. Shelva (Larry) VanHorn of Guthrie Center, Sandra (Donnie) Buttler of Guthrie Center, and a little girl they named Betty Lou. Betty Lou was laid to rest when she was only 18 months old.

Loa loved kids…. she loved playing with them, teaching them and encouraging them. She demonstrated that love almost every day of her adult life. Teaching at a one room school house, her students were from kindergarten to 8th grade. After studying nights and weekends to earn her Teacher’s certificate from Drake University, she went to work at the YJB school district as a 2nd grade teacher. Frog races, stickers for trying new foods, treats if you ate your school lunch, recess, playing hopscotch & tether ball, her heart was in her kids. Loa enjoyed life at every avenue..she loved God and her bible, John Wayne & Louis L’Amour. She loved to garden, fruits and vegetable were her treasures. She enjoyed her flowers and birds, but she LOVED her trees. Loa also had a love for bowling & the people she met and bowled with. She got a kick out of a good card game or learning any new game someone introduced to her. She was a “forward” thinkerand embraced new technology and inventions w/ zest and vigor. Always eager to see what was next.

At the age of almost 101 yrs old, Loa slipped into a peaceful sleep @ the New Homestead on April 26, 2019. She said “See you later” to 6 of her grandkids, Kristina Hunt (Dave) of Guthrie Center, David (Kim)Buttler of Adel, Jamie Buttler of Guthrie Center, Linda (Mike) Miller of Urbandale, Kenny VanHorn of Phoenix, AZ and Allen VanHorn of Goodyear, Az. She said “Hello, honey” to her 2 grandsons, Randy & Rodney Buttler and Frank, her husband of 48 yrs that proceeded her in passing. She left her legacy of laughter to be passed along to her 9 great grand kids, 3 Great, Great grand kids with 2 more on the way. She will be greatly missed by her family and numerous friends. Her laughter is a song that will forever play in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her.

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10:00 AM 5/4/2019 10:00:00 AM - 10:45 AM 5/4/2019 10:45:00 AM
Twigg Funeral Home - Guthrie

506 Prairie Street
Guthrie Center, IA 50115

Twigg Funeral Home - Guthrie
506 Prairie Street Guthrie Center 50115 IA
United States

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Union Cemetery Final Resting Place

Guthrie Center, IA 50115

gc Guthrie Center 50115 IA
United States

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