Sandwich woman celebrates 100th birthday

  • Celebrating her 100th birthday, Sandwich resident Phyllis Benson dances to "The Anniversary Waltz" with nephew Stan Benson of Sandwich on Sunday, May 16. Benson was feted with a party at Sandwich community building.

    Celebrating her 100th birthday, Sandwich resident Phyllis Benson dances to "The Anniversary Waltz" with nephew Stan Benson of Sandwich on Sunday, May 16. Benson was feted with a party at Sandwich community building. Courtesy of Art Andersen

 
 
Posted6/11/2021 4:27 PM

Phyllis Benson of Sandwich celebrated her 100th birthday May 16.

Family members and friends joined held a party in her honor at the Sandwich community building.

 

Benson danced to "The Anniversary Waltz" with her nephew, Stan Benson of Sandwich. Her daughters, Joni Koehler and Connie Kross of Sandwich and Barb Johnson of Yorkville were among guests.

Benson was born May 13, 1921. A career educator, she attended and taught in a one-room schoolhouse.

After earning teaching degrees at Aurora College in 1977 and Northern Illinois University she taught third grade at Haskin and Prairie View elementary schools in Sandwich.

In an autobiography, "From Horse and Buggy to the Moon," she chronicled her experiences witnessing the space age.

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