Obit Benson 020817

Virginia M. Benson

Warrenton Feb. 9, 1927 — Dec. 28, 2016

Virginia M. Benson, age 89, passed away Dec. 28, 2016, from complications associated with Parkinson’s disease. Born to Fred and Augusta Hess on Feb. 9, 1927, Virginia was a descendant of pioneers who made the westward trek from Arkansas to Oregon in 1843. After spending her childhood in Sherwood, Oregon, she moved to Cannon Beach and attended Seaside High School.

In 1947, Virginia married Roger Benson of Astoria, and together they raised two daughters. Virginia loved her family dearly, and always put them ahead of herself. Roger preceded her in death in 2008.

She is survived by her daughters, Rae Marie and her husband, Bob Zimmerling, of Gearhart, Oregon, and Julie Anne and her husband, Bill Peterson, of Myrtle Creek, Oregon; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A private celebration of life will take place at a later date. Hughes-Ransom Mortuary & Crematory in Seaside is in charge of the arrangements. Please visit to share memories and sign the guest book.

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