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Elizabeth Benson

November 17, 1925 ~ February 17, 2018 (age 92)

Elizabeth (Betty) May (Pollock) Benson passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at her home in Fruita, Colorado.

Betty was the second child born to William and Lois Pollock, a pioneering family, on November 17, 1925, in Fruita, Colorado.  The family homestead is still named Pollock Canyon, a well-known recreation area today.

The Pollock family was a large one with James, Betty, Robert, Walter, and Norma all being raised in a small farmhouse in New Liberty, Colorado, during the Great Depression.

While enrolled in Mesa Junior College, Betty met returning veteran James A. Benson shortly after the end of World War II, and they married within a month, with the union lasting 35 years until Jim’s passing in 1983. 

Betty was a wonderful mother, aunt, and grandmother. She was very involved in the Fruita United Methodist Church and was the “ Demo Lady “ at the Fruita City Market, for many years. 

Betty is survived by her children: Sharon Gonzales of Atascadero, CA, Linda Hudson (Mark) of Loma, CO, Ed Benson (Jo), of Grand Junction, and Rick Benson (Terri) of Grand Junction. In addition, her love spread to 12 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren. 

Betty was preceded in death by husband Jim, granddaughter Krista, and her brother James. She is survived by brothers, Robert and Walter Pollock, and sister Norma Gobbo.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Fruita Women’s Auxillary Thrift shop or to the Fruita Methodist Church.   Services will be held on Saturday, February 24, at 10:00 am at the Methodist Church in Fruita.  Viewing prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery where she will be reunited with her beloved husband, Jim.

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