Nancy J. Benson, 87, passed away in her sleep on September 14th, 2021 at Life Care Center in Post Falls, ID.
She was born in Port Edwards, WI to Orin and Blanche (James) Paulson in 1934. She was the youngest of two children. She lived and went to school in Port Edwards, then married and had three children before moving to accommodate her Husbands' job. Her first Husband, William "Bill" Allworden was from the same area and they married in September 1955. Their three children are Kay, Mark and William "Billy". She worked at the Nekoosa Edwards Company as did most from that town. She worked in bookkeeping and secretarial work most of her life. She was also active in the church and music. She sang, played the organ, piano, and had a love for cats.
When Bill took a job with WI State DNR, they began moving every few years and she could always find work as a bookkeeper and secretary. She and Bill were divorced in 1976 where Nancy decided to move to Oconto Falls to work for Scott Paper Company. While here, she met Ken Benson who worked there as well and the two were married in October of 1978. When Ken retired they moved to the Kelly Lake area where they lived for quite awhile. When Ken passed, Nancy moved to the mountain area but while still being an active role in her and Ken's church of Trinity where she continued to play the organ for many years.
In July 2019, Nancy moved to North Idaho to be closer to her daughter and her family. She loved the mountains and seeing them everyday really pleased her. She loved music, reading, knitting and in her youngish years camping. Her grandchildren could always count on Grandma to be a great adversary on the bumper cars at Bay Beach as well.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law, a nephew, her first husband after divorce William and second husband Ken, a step-son, a step-granddaughter and a step-grandson.
She is survived by her daughter Kay (Loyle) Peterson, her son's Mark Allworden and William Allworden (Erin McGuire), step-daughter Jacki Haney, a niece, grand-daughters and grandson as well as step grand and great grand-children. She also is survived by her cat Sabyl who now lives with Kay and Loyle.