Mary Katheryn Benson, 82, of Gardner, passed away January 16, 2016 at Olathe Hospice House. .
Mary was born October 14, 1933 in Marshall, Mo to Minnie Marie (Brucks) and Paschal Early Smith. She grew up in KCMO, was a graduate of Central High School in Kansas City Mo, attended Beauty School and earned her realtors license. She sold real estate for Holly Homes in Olathe, retiring at the age of 72. Mary was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Gardner. She enjoyed swimming and fishing and living on Gardner Lake.   She will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Douglas Alan Benson; siblings Ruth Hoppen, Ida Williams, Eleanor Wyant, Bob Smith and Irene Prywell. Mary is survived by her son James L. Benson, Jr of Gardner, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren; sister Minnie Meihl of Lake Lotawana, Mo and brother Paschal Smith of Harrisonville, Mo.
Cremation. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Tuesday, January 26, 2015 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 555 W Main, Gardner, KS. Memorial Contributions may be given to Divine Mercy Catholic Church.   Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS 913-856-7111.