Darlene Minnie Benson (Lamfers), 63, a resident of Bishop and Mammoth Lakes for 38 years, passed away at Bishop Care Center on May 17 after a battle with cancer.
Originally from Belmond, Iowa, Benson was born on September 5, 1947. She married Douglas Arthur Benson on September 22, 1966, and the couple moved to California.
Children Michelle and Michael were born in Lancaster, Calif. The Bensons moved to Mammoth Lakes in the early 1970s, where Darlene worked at the 1849 Condominiums for more than 35 years. She later moved to Bishop because she loved her flowers and garden more than the snow.
Darlene is survived by two children: Michael Douglas Benson of Sparks, Nev., and Michelle Ann Benson of Bishop, Calif., as well as Daughter- in-law Luisa Benson, Grandchildren; Alicia Apodaca of Bishop, Calif., and Brenda Martinez, Jahaira Mendoza and Judith Benson all of Sparks, Nev., her Sister, Linda Hamilton of Mason City, Iowa, and brother Kenneth Lamfers of Kanawha, Iowa, and other cousins, nieces and nephews living in Iowa, Texas, Arizona, California and Oregon.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Kasper and Grace (Harms) Lamfers, brothers Jerry and Larry Lamfers, ex-husband Douglas Arthur Benson of Gardnerville, Nev., and best friend and sister-in-law Judy Winard (Benson).
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Donations to ESBCA, Bishop Care Center and Mammoth Hospital Cancer Outreach Program would be appreciated.