Wanda shared many fond memories of her school years and classmates. She attended Paragonah Elementary School, and in 1951, she graduated from Parowan High School. She later attended college in Cedar City, Utah.
Wanda married Clarence Jr. “Stiffy” Benson on February 27, 1954, in Paragonah, Utah. Together they raised three children: Deborah Jean Benson of Parowan, Utah; Denise (Ed) Hagman of Herriman, Utah; Patrick (Alana) Benson of Parowan, Utah. Family was of utmost importance to her and building strong relationships with others was her central focus.
Her generosity and hospitality was extended to all. Wanda’s house was always open to any who came to visit. It was not uncommon to have her house filled with friends and laughter. Wanda always extended a helping hand and worried about family, friends, and neighbors alike. Jokingly, Stiff always said that Wanda never met a stranger.
Wanda worked at various occupations throughout her life. She worked at Parowan City Office and served as city treasurer for ten years. She worked for the Utah Driver License Division for five years. She enjoyed working with the public and she dedicated her life to serving others. In 1981 Stiff and Wanda purchased the Iron County Nursing Home where she began a long career of care taking, service, and compassion. She continued this work until her retirement in 1995.
Throughout her married life, Wanda held many church and civic positions. She was elected to the Parowan City Council, a position she held for eight years. She served on the Parowan City Power Board, Main Street Committee, and Heritage Foundation.
Wanda possessed a strong civic duty. Service was important to her. She was active in the American Legion Auxiliary. She was instrumental in the mapping of the Parowan Cemetery helping to identify the veterans from World War I to the present. Wanda, with Stiff by her side, decorated the Veterans’ graves on Memorial Day for over 50 years. For her outstanding service, Wanda was recognized as Parowan Citizen of the year in 2010.
The highlight of Wanda’s life was being a grandma. She found great joy in spending time with her two grandchildren, Chennin and Shaydon. She delighted in attending ball games, school functions and any activity in which they were involved. They certainly became her primary focus and she loved to spoil them.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, “Stiff” Benson; her three children; two grandchildren. Sisters Larie Tippetts of Arnold, CA; Janet Groskreutz of Dammeron Valley, UT. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings Bernell Hunt, LaJean Hunt, and Mildred Workman.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 9th at 11:00 AM. An evening viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 8th, from 6:00-8:00 PM. A viewing will precede the service from 9:30-10:30 AM. All services will be at the Parowan 1st Ward Chapel. Interment will be in the Paragonah Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com
The family would like to express their gratitude to the many friends and relatives who showed compassionate care. A special thanks to Janet for her unwavering dedication and love.