Kathy Fay Benson

February 25, 1957 ‒ May 21, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Kathy Fay Benson, age 63 of Marion, passed away at her home Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Kathy was born in Marion on February 25, 1957, the daughter of Cledis and Lizzie (Prater) Whitaker. She graduated Harding High School in 1975.

Kathy’s heart for the elderly was known by everyone. She especially had a fondness and gift caring for those with Alzheimer’s. She has faithfully worked at Marion Manor for over 40 years and had a deep love for all of the residents and staff she worked along side.

On September 10, 2004 she was united in marriage to Joseph Lee Benson, Sr. She and Joe loved to travel, experience new things and especially party. Some of their highlights of traveling include trips to Las Vegas, Mississippi, Hawaii and St. Thomas. Kathy was especially proud of all of her family and enjoyed those times when everyone was together and she could spoil them all with her baking and cooking. She also had a loving affection for her dogs, Frisky and Maggie.  She will forever be remembered for the way she made others feel and her smile that brightened everyone’s day.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Lee Benson, Sr.; children:  April (Adam Fetter) Joseph, Joseph (Brandy) Benson, Robert Benson and Lisa Lee; grandchildren: Chelsey (Curtis) Manley, Kevin Russell, Skyler Shuler, Bryzen Marburger, Colton Benson, Liam Benson and Olivia Lee; great grandchildren: Avery Manley, Avian Manley, Brantlin Russell and one more on the way; brothers: Clarence, David and Roger Whitaker; sisters: Karen (Tim) Caldwell, Marlene (Jim) Oberdier and Judy Law.

Kathy is preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Billy and Cledis Whitaker and sister, Sandra Moore.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 West Center St., Marion from 5PM to 7PM; Guests are encouraged to wear masks and be mindful of social distancing; Funeral service will be held privately for the family on Wednesday at the funeral home, those wishing to view the funeral service live can join on Facebook at 10AM on Wednesday https://www.facebook.com/GunderHallSFH/

If so desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Benson family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • To my cousins and Joe Benson and family. I am so sorry for your loss. The family lost another angel with Kathy’s passing into God’s house. My prayers for all and may God grant you strength and peace.

  • so sorry to hear about this i went to school with both kathy and karen my prayers go out to all the family ;greg ellinwood harding class of 1975

  • I always enjoyed seeing Kathy sitting at the front door at Marion Manor when I would come to visit residents. She was so friendly and always had a great smile when greeting visitors. I am certain she will be missed by anyone she knew. May Our Lord bless and watch over her family in their time of need. Blessings, Rev. David Lippert

  • Prayers and thoughts to all her family and friends. May she rest in peace. We only met Kathy once at a neighborhood reunion between ole friends. She seamed so happy and such a beautiful lady and personality! God bless and take care of her!


  • Our deepest sympathies to Kathy’s family and friends. Her warm welcome and sunny smile were always bright spots on our visits to the Manor. With wishes of comfort of strength to all those who loved her, Jeff and Lisa (Dunn) Turner

  • I was sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. She was a beautiful person and I will always remember fondly working with her at Marion Manor. She was a great help to me and many others. Always cheerful and pleasant with all. And she had a heart for the elderly. She did so much for her residents that others did not realize. I will always remember the last time I saw Kathy and her beautiful smile. My heart goes out to the family.