MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc) — Carolyn Benson died on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 3, in a city hospital. She died minutes before surgery on her shoulders was to have begun.

Carolyn was the widow of Byron Benson, a faithful gospel preacher who died Aug. 24, 2009.  They had been married for 52 years.  She was 69.

Carolyn was a talented person. She loved to paint. She developed educational material for the Grady, Ala., congregation where she and Byron had labored for 36 years.

She had retired from her position at the Faulkner University Library.

Carolyn was a quiet and lovable Christian lady with a sweet disposition.

Her funeral will be held at the Leak Memory Chapel in Montgomery on Sat., Feb. 6, with visitation on Fri., 5–7 p.m.

Carolyn is survived by two sons, Lee (Layla) and Blaine (Patty); four grandchildren, Emma-Lane, Lily, Carter and Lucy; a brother-in-law, Jimmie (Artie); two nephews, Clay and Clint and a host of friends.

Carolyn’s parents, Charles and Drula Sanders preceded her in death.

Her funeral service will be conducted by her sons, her nephews and her brother-in-law. Roger Dill and Raymond Elliott will conduct the graveside service.