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Margaret Dunkley Benson

Margaret Dunkley Benson

Female 1902 - 1999  (97 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document    Has more than 100 ancestors and 8 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Margaret Dunkley Benson 
    Born 16 Feb 1902  Whitney, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Initiatory (LDS) 29 Nov 1922  LOGAN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 3 Jul 1999  Burley, Cassia, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 7 Jul 1999  Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell, Canyon, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I319  mytree
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2018 

    Father George Taft Benson, Jr,   b. 24 Jun 1875, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1934, Preston, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Sarah Sophia Dunkley,   b. 29 Jun 1878, Franklin, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1933, Preston, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 19 Oct 1898  Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F319  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rulon Morgan Keller,   b. 21 Jan 1901, Mink Creek, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1970, Tuttle, Gooding, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 28 Nov 1922  Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Rulon Benson Keller,   b. 13 Dec 1923, Mink Creek, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1924, Mink Creek, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Benson James Keller,   b. 29 Jun 1925, Mink Creek, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1926, Franklin, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Living
     4. Marco Keller,   b. 26 Sep 1929, Mink Creek, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 2008, Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     5. Sara Beth Keller,   b. 13 Jan 1932, Mink Creek, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 2009, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     6. Lamond Benson Keller,   b. 11 May 1934, Mink Creek, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 2012, Albion, Cassia, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     7. Living
     8. Living
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F324  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Feb 1902 - Whitney, Franklin, Idaho, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Nov 1922 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInitiatory (LDS) - 29 Nov 1922 - LOGAN Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Jul 1999 - Burley, Cassia, Idaho, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 7 Jul 1999 - Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell, Canyon, Idaho, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Benson, Margaret D b1902 - Portrait
    Benson, Margaret D b1902 - Portrait

    Headstones
    Keller, Rulon m b1901 - Benson, Margaret D b1902
    Keller, Rulon m b1901 - Benson, Margaret D b1902

  • Notes 
    • Email received from Alison Bilynskyj.

      Burial Plot: LDS Garden Block: 401 Space: 4

      Margaret Benson Keller, 97, of Nampa, died Saturday, July 3, 1999 at the Parke View Care Center in Burley, Idaho. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, 1999 at the Smith LDS Chapel, Nampa, 1500 W. Smith Ave. Ext., with Bishop Jerry Christensen officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.

      Margaret was born February 16, 1902 in Whitney, Idaho, to George Taft and Sarah Sophia (Dunkley) Benson. She was born and raised in a two-room farm-house, the third of eleven children, where the family sang together, played together, worked hard together, prayed together and stayed together.

      Along with the responsibility of household and garden duties, as the oldest daughter, she thinned and topped beets with the best of them. She rode in a buggy or sleigh pulled by a horse to school. As a teenager, she won the district horseback riding competition in Logan. She loved to sing, and she sang in her youth with a very popular trio. Later she directed children, youth and adult choruses.

      She attended Utah Agricultural College in Logan and studied Home Economics. In 1922, she married Rulon M. Keller in the Logan Temple. They went to Pocatello where he attended Idaho State College under a basketball scholarship. One year later, they took over his farm in Mink Creek, Idaho where their eight children were born.

      In 1944, they sold the farm in Mink Creek and moved to Preston. Her husband was called as the first Bishop of the Preston 7th Ward. In 1951, the family moved to Caldwell. Since the death of her husband in 1970, she has lived in Nampa for the past 28 years.

      Margaret enjoyed traveling and traveled to the Hawaiian Islands, Texas, Washington D.C. and San Diego. In 1975, at the age of 73, she traveled with her sister, Lera Whittle, to England to serve a full-time mission for the LDS Church. In 1989, she was called to give a tribute to her oldest brother, President Ezra Taft Benson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, for his 90th birthday. Her tribute was transmitted on satellite television as she spoke at the podium of the Salt Lake Tabernacle.

      She was people oriented and had many friends. She especially had a personal love and attachment for each of her forty grandchildren. 100 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She always kept track of them and knew what they were doing and where they lived. She was a great homemaker and a loving and kind mother and grand-mother. She has left a legacy in whose footsteps her descendants will find joy in following. She will be greatly missed by the many lives that are better for having known her.

      Margaret is survived by her six children; MarRue Simmons and husband Boyd of Provo, Utah, Marco Forsgren and husband Seth of Nampa, Beth Thompson and husband Bob of Burley, Idaho, Lamond B. Keller and wife Sue of Albion, Idaho, George B. Keller and wife Shareen of Nampa and James L. Keller and wife Renee of Meridian. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, two sisters; Lera B. Whittle of Provo and Sarah B. Eveleth and husband Tom of Redding, California and many other family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Rulon, two infant sons, one grandson, one great-granddaughter, seven brothers and one sister.

      Friends may call Tuesday from 12-8 p.m. at Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa. The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday evening and from 1-1:45 p.m. Wednesday at the church.