Martha Clough Benson (Carey) 1980 Volunteer of the Year in Ohio

Martha Clough Benson (Carey), 92, of Hudson, died Jan. 4, 2013.

She was born May 15, 1920, to Joseph Patterson Carey and Anna Louise Carey (Horstman) in Cleveland.

She was a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School and Wilcox Business School. On Sept. 6, 1941, she married Herbert Chester Clough, also of Cleveland. They resided in Moreland Hills on Strawberry Lane for most of their marriage.

Mrs. Benson was a watercolor artist and after taking art therapy classes at Ursuline College began and ran an art therapy studio at Sunny Acres Hospital. She continued her work there as a volunteer for more than 10 years and was given the prestigious award of Volunteer of the Year in the State of Ohio in 1980.

She began taking summer vacations to Crystal Lake in Michigan in 1930, visiting her aunt Dee Pennington and family during the summer. She and her husband purchased land there and built a cottage of their own in 1975. They were charter members of the Crystal Lake Golf Club and enjoyed golfing there and at the Frankfort Golf Club.

After the death of her first husband, Martha married Roy Benson in 1983. They enjoyed golfing and traveling, going on many trips through their marriage. They moved to Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson in 1994. Mr. Benson died in 1999, and Mrs. Benson remained a resident there until her passing.

ln addition to her love of art, golf and her volunteer work, Mrs. Benson loved to dance and socialize.

Martha was preceded in death by her husbands, Herbert and Roy; dear friend, Bob Rodgers, and daughter, Susan Clough Graham. She is survived by her son, Jim Clough of Traverse City; granddaughter, Cici Clough-Foged (Erik) of Traverse City; grandson, Jamie Clough (Suzanne) of Chicago; great-grandchildren, Madeline and Olive Clough and Eliand Rowan Foged; twin sister, Ellen Bub (Robert); and nieces, Barbara Bub Peckinpaugh (John), Kathy Bub Franklin (Ralph) and Bobbie Bub Dugas (Tony).

A memorial service is scheduled for Jan. 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the Serenity Chapel of Laurel Lake, 200 Laurel Lake Drive.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Drive, suite E, Green, OH 44685; or Bello Machre, 7765 Firetown Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21060.

Arrangements are by Brown-Forward Funeral Home.

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