Juanita Hendrix Benson
Juanita Hendrix Benson, 86, died March 22, 2019 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D., surrounded by her family. A celebration of life service was held at 10 a.m. March 30, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 3900 S. Fairhall Ave., Sioux Falls. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. March 29, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Interment was in Hills of Rest Cemetery after the service.
Juanita was born Feb. 28, 1933, to parents Joe and Victoria Crews Hendrix on a farm near Hickox, Ga. At the age of 16, accompanied by her brother, Joseph Hendrix, she came to South Dakota where her sister, Florence Snoozy, lived on a farm near Colton. Juanita worked at the Sunshine Cookie Bakery and various other jobs.
On April 14, 1951, she married the love of her life, Clifford E. Benson. Born to this union were eight children, Kathy Eagle Horse, Michael Benson, Julie H. Johnson (Steve), Ward Benson (Connie), Bruce Benson, Susan Benson, Charles Benson and Steven Benson. Surviving are her children, 28 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 28 great-great-grandchildren, sister Helen Johns (Jimmy) of Winokur, Ga. and brother McDonald Hendrix of Hilliard, Fla. as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Cliff; parents, Joe and Victoria Crews Hendrix; sisters, Florence Snoozy and Estelle Harris and brothers, Jessie ”Bud” Hendrix, Bobby R. Hendrix, and Joseph Hendrix.
She loved her family and friends, reading the Scriptures, growing houseplants and listening to Church hymns. One granddaughter said that, “Grandma is the strongest woman we know.”