Donnis “Dee”  Chalmers Benson

On Feb. 18, 2020, Donnis “Dee” Chalmers Benson passed away in Prescott, Ariz. A memorial service was held on Feb. 22, 2020, in Prescott, Ariz.

Dee was born in York, ND, Oct. 29, 1932. She and her sister, Jane, and brother, Bud, were raised by their mother, Leila, after their father passed away at a young age. Dee married Dick, a local farm boy, on Feb. 24, 1951.

After Dick was discharged from the Air Force they settled in Shelby, where they raised their four children. Dee had a wonderful career with the Montana State Job Service and became the first female Office Manager in the state of Montana.

She was a wonderful person who brought joy, happiness and laughter to everyone who knew her!

Dee will be remembered for her warm heart and positive attitude on life. She was truly the best audience for any anecdote or joke anyone ever told, her giggles and laughter were infectious.

She will be dearly missed by all those who knew her.

Dee is survived by her husband, Richard “Dick” Benson, of Prescott, Ariz.; daughter, Laurie (Skip) Gunlikson, of Mesa, Ariz.; sons, Tom (Judy) Benson, of Shelby, Mick Benson, of Bozeman, Brian (Joanne) Benson of Prescott, Ariz.; sister, Jane Host, of Coon Rapids, Minn.; brother, Bud (Bette) Chalmers, of Rio Rancho, NM; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.