Celebration of Life Services: Will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cumberland Community Building in Cumberland, Iowa with a luncheon immediately following the service. Pastor Mike Martin will officiate the service. Private family burial will be held at the Greenfield Cemetery in Greenfield, Iowa, at a later date.
Open Visitation: Will be held on Friday, January 5th, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Massena.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Massena.
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Cumberland City Park Playground Equipment fund.
Charlotte Ann Benton, daughter of Gerald James and Lula Marie (Sloss) Cline, was born on December 28, 1943, in Des Moines, Iowa. She passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017, at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, at the age of 74.
Charlotte was raised on a farm south of Guthrie Center and attended country school in Guthrie County and Guthrie Center High School through 11th grade and then received her GED. On April 29, 1961, she was united in marriage to Ronald Benton in Creston, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Terresa, Terry, Tony and Todd. They lived in Guthrie Center for six months and Panora for one year and then moved to Cumberland where they lived until she passed away.
Charlotte was a great cook that worked at the Chuckwagon Cafe in Cumberland for many years. She also prepared meals for both the Lions Club and Legion meetings. She then worked at Cumberland Grocery & Deli, Jim’s Supermarket and Econo Foods in Atlantic, and Cardinal Glass in Greenfield until her retirement. She enjoyed working in her flower beds and garden and loved to bake and cook for her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister-in-law, Nadine Nielsen; brothers-in-law, Marion Benton, Beryl Benton and Eldon Benton.
She is survived by her husband, Ron Benton of Cumberland; daughter, Terresa Knapp (Brian) of Lohrville, Iowa; three sons, Terry Benton of Cumberland, Tony Benton of Springville, Iowa and Todd Benton (Jenny) of Farmington Hills, Michigan; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sister, Jeanette Sheeder (Bill) of Guthrie Center, Iowa; four brothers, Ken Cline of Des Moines, Ed Cline (Jane) of Guthrie Center, Keith Cline (Dona) of Des Moines and Marvin Cline (Ilene) of Huntington Beach, CA; other relatives and friends.