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Vera Jean Benson1,2

Female
b. 8 April 1924, d. 25 April 2009


Father Elmer E. Benson1 b. 27 October 1894, d. November 1975
Mother Doris Leourence Sloan1 b. 12 May 1900, d. December 1965
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Family John Gray b. 22 February 1921, d. 25 August 1991
Marriage* 14 July 1945  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD, Groom: John Gray
Age: 24
County of Residence: LaPorte
Bride: Vera Jean Benson
Age: 21
County of Residence: Minnehaha
Date of Marriage: 14 Jul 1945
County of Marriage: Minnehaha

Vera's obit gives the marriage date as July 24, 1945., Principal=John Gray6,3 
Children  1. Dr. David Alan Gray b. Mar 1950
  2. Jo Ellen Gray b. c 1952

Birth* 8 April 1924  Parker, Turner Co., SD1,3 
Census* 1925  Parker, Turner Co., SD, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MMWG-TT6
Name: Vera J Benson
Age: 1
Estimated Birth Year: 1924
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: South Dakota
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Residence: South Dakota, United States
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Religion: Baptist
Father's Birthplace: South Dakota
Mother's Birthplace: Iowa
Film Number: 2368161
Digital Folder Number: 4245383
Image Number: 02188
Sheet Number: 897
Collection: South Dakota State Census, 19251 
Census 1930  1930 Federal Census, South Dakota, Turner County, Parker Township, Parker City, Ward 2, ED 63-21, Series: T626, Roll: 2231, Page: 195A, April 15
Sheet 1A, Block 12
(enumerated with father, Elmer Benson)
14, 4, 4, Benson, Vera J, Daughter, , , , No, F, W, 6, S, , No, , South Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, , 68, , , , , , None, , , , , , , ,4 
Census 1935  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MV4X-8CL
Name: Vera Jean Benson
Age: 11
Estimated Birth Year: 1924
Gender: Female
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Birthplace: South Dakota
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Post Office: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Father's Birthplace: South Dakota
Mother's Birthplace: Iowa
Film Number: 2369251
Digital Folder Number: 4443898
Image Number: 284
Sheet Number: 33005
Collection: South Dakota State Census, 19352 
Census 1945  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MLBV-6HC
Name: Vera G* Benson
Event: Census
Event Date: 1945
Event Place: Sioux Falls South Dakota, , South Dakota
Post Office: ,, South Dakota
Gender: Female
Age: 21
Marital Status: Unknown
Race: White
Birthplace: South Dakota
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Estimated Birth Year: 1924
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testr: 4520334
Collection: South Dakota State Census, 19455 
Married Name 14 July 1945  Gray6 
Marriage* 14 July 1945  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD, Groom: John Gray
Age: 24
County of Residence: LaPorte
Bride: Vera Jean Benson
Age: 21
County of Residence: Minnehaha
Date of Marriage: 14 Jul 1945
County of Marriage: Minnehaha

Vera's obit gives the marriage date as July 24, 1945., Principal=John Gray6,3 
Death* 25 April 2009  3 
Burial* after 25 April 2009  Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte, LaPorte Co., IN3 
News/Obit* after 25 April 2009  Vera Jean Gray, 85 years old of La Porte, IN, died Saturday, April 25, 2009.

She was born April 8, 1924 in Parker, South Dakota, Daughter of the late Elmer E. & Doris LaVerne (Sloan) Benson.

She was married July 24, 1945 in Sioux Falls, S. Dakota to John Gray who preceded her in death August 25, 1991.

She was a former member of First Baptist Church in LaPorte where she had served as Cradle Roll Superintendent, and regularly attended Grace Baptist Church. Graduated from Washington High School, Sioux Falls. S.D. She received an Associate Degree from Sioux Falls College.

She worked for Kabelin's True Value as head bookkeeper for over 20 years, and was a substitute teacher for the LaPorte Community School Corporation.

Surviving are a son; Dr. David (Rita) Gray of LaPorte; daughter; Jo Ellen (Jacob) Jongkind also of LaPorte; Sister; Goldie Martinson of Sioux Falls. S.D.; Grandchildren; Michael (Laura) Gray, Timothy (Shannon) Gray, Jonathan Gray, Leo (Jan) Jongkind, Margaret (David) Rocco, Cindy (Rex) Masterson, Jackie (Dan) Edwards, Linda (David)Nobbe, and Johanna (Jim Smith) Jongkind; 20 Gt. Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister; Viola Benson and a brother; Alan Benson.

Friends will be received at the Cutler Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6-8:00 PM and 10-11:00 A. M. on Wednesday.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday at the Cutler Funeral Home, with Rev. Don Kakavecos officiating.

Interment will follow in the Pine Lake Cemetery at a later date.

Contributions may be made to the Grace Baptist Church, 2502 Monroe St. LaPorte, IN 46350; Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 3628 W. Johnson Rd., LaPorte, IN 46350; or First Baptist Church of Kingsbury, 403 N. Main St., Kingsbury, IN 46345.

Friends may leave condolences at www.cutlerfuneralhome.com3,7 

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Citations
  1. [S1146] South Dakota 1925 State Census, 1925 , LDS Microfilm.
  2. [S1147] South Dakota 1935 State Census, 1935 , LDS Microfilm.
  3. [S626] Find-A-Grave, online http://www.findagrave.com.
  4. [S248] 1930 U.S. Federal Census , 1930 U.S. Federal Census.
  5. [S1148] South Dakota 1945 State Census, 1945 , LDS Microfilm.
  6. [S1154] South Dakota Marriages, 1905-1949, online http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8561.
  7. [S1158] Cutler Funeral Home, La Porte, IN, online www.cutlerfuneralhome.com., http://www.cutlerfuneral.com/sitemaker/sites/cutler0/obit.cgi?user=vera-gray&printIndex=1.


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