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Benji Sheldon

Benji Sheldon (Smith)

Thursday, December 7th, 1944 - Friday, December 4th, 2020
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Benji Sheldon (Smith) was called from this life while at her home in Abilene, Kansas on December 4, 2020, at the age of 75. She was the first born of Ivan and Genevieve Smith on December 7, 1944 in El Paso, Texas.
She spent her childhood in Salina and Ellsworth, Kansas. It was in Ellsworth where she met Robert Roth. They were married July 11, 1963. They made their home in Salina, Lakin, Great Bend and Lincoln, Kansas. They welcomed 3 sons, Rex, Tracy, and Jack (who died at birth). She and Robert later divorced.
Benji married Fred Sheldon on August 13, 1978. They established homes in Minneapolis, Herington, and Abilene, Kansas. She worked for the Herington Police Department and the Morris and Dickinson County Sherriff Departments as a dispatcher. She has been employed as a copy clerk by the Abilene School District for the last 35 years.
Benji was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fred, sons Jack and Rex, and sister Nikki Boyce. She is survived by son Tracy (Bertina) Roth of Herington, step daughters Sharon (Graham) Collins of Russell, Sheila Smither of Great Bend, Betty (Tom) Manolakis of Parker, Colorado, and sister Marti (Leon) Anderson of Abilene. She has 18 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren. She has numerous nieces and nephews who all looked at her as a grandmother.
There are no words to express how much she was loved and how much she loved her family. Her light, joy, and guidance will be missed in the hearts of all that knew her.
A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be scheduled at a later date.
The Abilene School District meant a lot to Benji, so her family would like to set up a scholarship fund at Abilene High School. Memorial contributions may be sent to Martin Becker Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd St, Abilene, KS 67410.
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Marilyn Palmer

Posted at 03:03pm
Heaven is getting another angel. Benji will be missed by many. She was always so positive, thoughtful, and caring. I am pleased to have known her.

Marilyn Palmer
DF

Dennis L. Van Fossen

Posted at 05:50pm
Benji and I were classmates at Huesner Elementary in Salina in the first grade and lived just a few houses from one another on Russell Street. That was in 1951/52.... a long time ago. Benji was my first girl friend and I remember my Dad teasing me unmercifully that I had a girl friend. For the life of him he couldn't pronounce her name and it always came out "Beegee". I remember attending her Birthday Party, most likely her 6th, at her house and there were lots of kids. I remember at that party playing "Pin The Tail On The Donkey" for whatever reason. I think Benji left Salina a year or so after that. My memories though faded are fond of her. I offer my condolences to all of you and obviously she lived a very full and rewarding life,
Dennis L. Van Fossen
Garland, Texas
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