Betty Jean Benning, 76, of Faulkton, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, at the Heart Hospital in
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2 at the United Church of Faulkton
with the Rev Bruce Adams officiating. Burial was in Black Hills National Cemetery under
the direction of the Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton.
Betty Jean Sievers was born April 24, 1927 at Faulkton to L.A. (Jake) and Norma
Sievers. She grew up in the Miranda area on her parent's farm. She attended country
school and then attended the Faulkton High School.
She married Russell Benning July 6, 1945, at Rockham. They moved around some
because he was in the Army and then settled on a farm in northern Hand County. They
then moved to Goodwin, S.D., where they owned and operated a cafe and liquor store,
later returning to Miranda to farm with her father. After retiring they moved to Faulkton,
where they have since resided.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church and circle, was very active with the
VFW Auxiliary and Legion Auxiliary and was currently the VFW Auxiliary District
President. She was an avid auto race fan and enjoyed all sporting events. She loved to
babysit for many area families. She was the chauffeur for anyone who needed rides to
medical appointments or for any other reason.
She is survived by her children: Barbara Gauer of Aberdeen, Richard (Kim) Benning of
Redfield, Peggy (Kevin) Roseland of Redfield, and Steve (Kris) Benning of Cresbard; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and her sister: Dorothy (Edmund) Carter.
Preceding her in death were her husband and parents.
Betty Sievers Benning
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