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Babe E. Benson

May 8, 2021

Mar. 9, 1933 – Apr. 26, 2021

Babe E. Benson, 88 of

Wolford, ND passed away

on Monday April 26, 2021

at the Towner County Liv-

ing Center, Cando ND.

Services will be held at a

later date.

Cards can be sent to

The Benson family, 5010

78TH St NE, Wolford, ND


In lieu of flowers,

memorials can be sent to

the Hawk Museum. 4839

78th St. NE., Wolford, ND

58385, Mylo Cemetery.

8203 49th Ave., Mylo, ND

58353 or Country Lanes,

P.O. Box 104, Cando, ND


Babe Eleonore Jolliffe

was born March 9, 1933 to

Lee and Edna (Baarstad)

in Rolla, North Dakota.

She graduated from Bis-

bee High School with the

class of 1951. On June 3,

1951 she was united in

marriage to Dick Benson

in the Mylo Lutheran

Church. They made their

home in the rural Wolford

area on a farm and to this

union four children were

born; Carla, Rick, Randy,

and Dean.

Babe was board secre-

tary and business

manager for Wolford

School district for 27

years as she helped on the

farm and raised their fam-

ily. She enjoyed spending

summers at her lake cabin

on Belcourt Lake where

her family would visit and

enjoy pontoon rides, wa-

ter skiing and fishing. She

was an active member of

the Mylo Lutheran

Church and spent many

hours quilting with the la-

dies’ group which contin-

ued on for many years

after the church closed.

She then became a

member of the Wolford

Lutheran Church. For

over fifteen years Babe

chaired the Ice Cream Par-

lor during the Annual An-

tique Show at the Dale &

Martha Hawk Museum.

Bowling was her passion;

she bowled regularly in

Rolla and later Cando.

She, at times, bowled

three times a week in

mixed, coffee cup, and

women’s leagues. In 2013

she participated in the

North Dakota State

Woman’s Senior Bowling

Tournament which

awarded her a trip in 2014

to the National Woman’s

Senior Bowling Tourna-

ment in Reno, Nevada.

For this special event she

was presented a vest to

wear with “North Dakota

Babe” embroidered,

which earned her a new

nickname among her fel-

low bowlers. Babe had

many blue heeler dogs

over the years and leaves

behind her red heeler,

Rusty. She has been a

resident of the Towner

County Living Center

since April of 2019.

Babe is survived by

Dick, her husband of

nearly 70 years, sons Rick

of Wolford, Randy

(Kathryn) of Bisbee, Dean

(Klang) of Wolford;

son-in-law Don Lee of

Minot ND; grandchildren

Rebecca (Tracy Tarr) Lee

and Emily Lee of Min-

neapolis, MN; Jarrin Ben-

son with

great-granddaughter Len-

non of Portland OR; and

Sara (Kyle) McClammer

with great-grand sons

Maxwell and George of In-

dianapolis, IN; sisters Peg-

gy (Dell) Melton/Jaha and

Bonnie Bertsch both of

Boise ID and many nieces

and nephews.

She was preceded in

death by her daughter

Carla Lee, daughter-in-law

Lavonna; brothers Neil

and Jim Jolliffe; sister Ter-

ry Stegrey and grandson

Jay Essen.

Babe will be remem-

bered for her laugh and

generosity and will

missed by everyone who

knew her.

Online guestbook is

available at


Dunnigan-Dix Funeral

Home of Cando, ND is in

charge of arrangements.

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