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Louise H. Benson, 77, of Punxsutawney, passed from this life into God's eternal glory on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.
She died at home, surrounded by family, as the music she loved so well played in the background.
She was born May 13, 1935, a daughter of the late John H. and Edna V. (Lingenfelter) Todd.
She accepted the gift of salvation early in life and was born again at the church of her childhood, Barton Chapel.
Louise grew up on the family farm in Sprankle Mills with her beloved siblings.
As the seventh of eight children, she helped care for many of her 26 nieces and nephews. Her love for them blossomed into a lifelong passion for all children, including the unborn.
Her faith also grew and was nurtured by her family of birth, her various church families throughout her life, and her extended family through marriage.
On Sept. 26, 1953, Louise became the bride of her one true love, Carl E. Benson of Punxsutawney.
"And the two shall be as one," was never more true than with Louise and Carl.
In fact, for most who know them, it's nearly impossible to think of one without thinking of the other.
Together with their extended and church families, they raised three boys and played key roles in the lives of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
They found "quality time" in the midst of "quantity time" with family.
This was accomplished through family activities, including attending church and Sunday school, performing in local churches as The Singing Bensons, camping, fishing in Canada, and sightseeing trips that took the family to visit 47 states.
There were also innumerable Todd and Benson family gatherings, strengthening the ties that continue to bind her family together today.
Louise was a talented singer and exceptional pianist.
Her rousing and unique playing style reflected the pure joy she felt as she used her gifts to serve her savior.
In addition to performing with her family, she and Carl are remembered throughout the region as being members of the southern gospel group "The Harmony Four" with their lifelong friends, Bill and Joyce Dunmire.
Louise and Carl loved attending the National Quartet Convention, reconnecting with friends and acquaintances and soaking in God's message through song.
Louise's desire to see children come to know Christ early in life was practiced through her participation as a Child Evangelism Fellowship Committee Member.
She faithfully taught Good News Clubs and 5 Day Clubs during most of her 30-plus years of service.
Her desire to impact the eternal lives of children was also witnessed year after year by her devotion to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ and his plan for salvation in a small camping trailer called "The Story House."
Louise was also an active supporter of Right to Life and the We Care Pregnancy Center.
In addition to her husband, Carl, surviving relatives include three sons, Carl E. Benson Jr. of Punxsutawney, Mark A. Benson and wife Kathleen of Punxsutawney, and Keith J. Benson and wife Vanessa of Queensbury, N.Y.; a sister, Vira Bines and husband Richard of Leeper, Pa; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings Robert Todd of Warren, Pa., John "Andy" Todd of Burdette, Kan., Ellen Blose of Punxsutawney, Paul Todd of Punxsutawney, Janet Mahan of Warren, Pa., Blaine Todd of Salem, N.J.; and grandchild Christopher Benson.
Visitation will be private.
A memorial service followed by a meal will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.
Interment will be at Hopewell Cemetery in Frostburg, Pa.
Louise requested that no flowers be sent.
In lieu of flowers, she wishes memorial contributions be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship Jefferson-Elk County, PO Box 217, Punxsutawney, PA 15767.
Arrangements are under the direction of McCabe Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
Online condolences may be made at www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.