Minnie was born May 9, 1928 in Hartline, Washington to Martin and June Stockton Bishop. They lived there for a short time and moved to Plummer, Idaho. Her father passed away at an early age. Her single widowed mother raised 9 children alone. Minnie had four brothers, Earn, Earl, Stanley, Dan and Don. She had three sisters, Gladys Allpress, Hazel Workman, and Fern Sperber.
She attended school in Plummer, Idaho and graduated from High School there. She met Rex Benson of Potlatch and they were married in Plummer on June 27, 1948. They lived in Potlatch from that time until they moved to Spokane when the Burlington Northern Railroad transferred Rex to the Hilliard Railyard. They lived in Spokane for about three years. Minnie worked in later years at the Potlatch Department Store as a clerk, where she enjoyed meeting and serving all the local people. When they moved to Spokane she worked for Anthony’s Department Store. After retirement from the Burlington Northern Railroad in Spokane they moved back to their Potlatch home and lived there until 2010 when they moved to Moscow so it would be easier to care for Rex. Minnie was the primary caregiver to Rex for over 12 years and was totally dedicated to his care.
She was a member of numerous organizations that she enjoyed which included Eastern Star, Amaranth, Past Matrons, Business and Professional Women, 4-H and Princeton Grange. She especially enjoyed traveling to meetings with these groups and even attended a luncheon at the White House with the BPW group. Minnie was especially proud of her candy and cookie making ability that was sold at local fundraising sales. Chocolate fudge was one of her specialties.
Minnie and Rex enjoyed camping in the local area and spent many good times on the St. Joe River, Big Creek, and the Palouse River. Great outdoor cooking was enjoyed at every camping trip. Fly fishing, riding the Honda Trail 90, hikes were all part of the fun. Numerous nights were spent sitting by the campfire reminiscing and counting satellites as they circled overhead. One night at Big Creek sitting by the fire in a group, 56 were spotted in the clear sky.
Minnie is survived by her husband Rex of 68 years and one son Richard Benson (wife Marsha Benson) of Moscow. Her daughter, Cindy Zoellner passed away in 1996. She has 5 grandchildren, Nichole Hempel in Daytona Beach, Florida, Scott Benson in Columbia, Missouri, Avery Zoellner, Hailey Zoellner, Brin Zoellner in various states. Two great grandchildren Gage Benson in Columbia, Missouri and Taylor Hempel in Daytona Beach, Florida. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has occurred and memorial services are pending and will be announced at a later date.
Minnie will be missed but not forgotten.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.com.