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Alice Marie (Ensign) Benson, 87, of Alma, died January 5, 2022, at Masonic Pathways in Alma. She was born on January 28, 1934, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the daughter of Elbert Edwin and Esther Mary (Crawford) Ensign. She married Clyde G. Benson on December 22, 1956, in Ypsilanti, MI. Mrs. Benson graduated from Ypsilanti High School, attended Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University and received a B.A. in Business Administra­tion from Central Michigan University. Mrs. Benson volunteere­d at the Gratiot Schools Federal Credit Union, precursor to Graco Federal Credit Union, in the late 60s, then accepted a paid position as Assistant Treasurer in May of 1970. In January of 1971 she was promoted to manager and served in this role until her retirement in February 1988. Under her leadership the Credit Union grew from 341 members with $146,000 on deposit to 2,363 members with over $2.4 million on deposit. In her pastime she was an avid reader and enjoyed solving crossword puzzles. She is survived by her son Tim (Joan) Benson of Crystal; grandson Tyler (Kristy) Benson; greatgrand­daughters Olivia, Annie and Charlotte, greatgrand­son Parker; grandson Joshua (Bronwyn) Benson; great-grandson Galen. Her son Stuart (Susan) Benson of Howard City. Her son Andy (Kathy) Benson of Alma; granddaugh­ter Heidi (Nate) Williams; great-granddaugh­ter Chelsea Wise (Caleb Silorey); great-great-granddaugh­ter Scarlet and great-greatgrand­son Grayson; great-grandson Brandon (Jessica) Wise; great-great-granddaugh­ter Ella Rose great-great-grandson Jackson; granddaugh­ter, Jill (Matt) Moreno; great-granddaugh­ter Mia, greatgrand­son Nolan; granddaugh­ter Melissa Awsung; great-grandson Jason. Her daughter, Mary (John) May of Stanwood; grandson John Clyde. She is preceded in death by her husband Clyde, a brother Thomas, and her parents. Memorial services will be held on January 12, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., at the Masonic Pathways, Doig Chapel. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the chapel. Interment will be held at a later date in Riverside Cemetery in Alma, Michigan. Those desiring, may make memorial donations in Alice’s memory to the American Cancer Society. Arrangemen­ts have been entrusted to the care of Lux -Moody-wolfel Home, Alma. To view Alice’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.luxfuneral­

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