Ida Odean Benson

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Ila Odean (Rowlett) Benson, born in Guy, Ark., to Cecil and Jessie (Poole) Rowlett on February 2, 1927, departed this life on April 29, 2018, in Rector, Ark. Odean married Doyce Dean Benson on July 17, 1946. Together, the raised five children in and around the community of Greenway, Ark. She retired from the Brown Shoe Company in Piggott. A life-long member of the Church of Christ, she devoted herself to the service of the Lord and to loving every member of her large and wonderful family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Jessie Rowlett; her husband, Doyce Benson; brothers, Elmon Rowlett and Cecil Rowlett Jr.; sister Louise (Rowlett) Chilcutt; and a grandson, Wade Benson.

She is survived by five children, Mike (Becky) Benson of Springfield, MO., Ronald (Gayle) Benson of Rector, Richard (Janet) Benson of Forest City, Ark., Mark (Tish) Benson of Qulin, Mo. and Kelli (Mike) Dickerson of Paragould, Ark. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Keith Benson of Springfield, Mo., Rhonda (Benson) Ellis (John) of Conway, Ark., Kevin Benson (Lori) of Little Rock, Ark., Blake (Christel) Benson of Pittsburg, Kan., Tyler (Christine) Benson of Fayetteville, Ark., Dean (Carli) Benson of Paragould, Ark., Dustin (Nicole) Benson of Qulin, Mo., Landon (Haley) Benson of Qulin, Mo., Haley Ann Benson of Qulin, Mo., Kyle (Amanda) Dickerson of Paragould, Ark. and Kade (Katie) Dickerson of Memphis, Tenn.; two step-grandchildren, Joshua Busby of Memphis, Tenn. and Stephanie Everett of Hernando, Miss. Mrs. Benson has 21 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Sandra (Matt) Petty of Rosebud, Ark., and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at the Piggott Mortuary of Piggott, Ark., with interment at Mitchell Cemetery in Greenway, Ark. Minister Ken Roden will officiate. Visitation will be held beginning at noon Wednesday, and will continue until service time at Piggott Mortuary.