Benson, Laura Mae

January 12, 1943 – October 31, 2023
at the age of 80 years:

            Born in Loon Lake, SK to Dorothy & Archie Stilwell, Laura spent her early years growing up in Ninette, MB with her three sisters Joan, Lois and Betty.  In 1974 Laura moved to her favourite place to live, Salmon Arm, where she raised three children and worked at the Royal Bank.
Laura volunteered at the 5th Avenue Senior’s Centre and Shuswap Lake Hospital Auxiliary.  She loved singing in the United Church choir and Shuswap Singers.  In her later years she made numerous afghans and donated all her earnings from selling them to the Kidney Foundation.  Her hobbies were playing the piano and square dancing with her husband Dennis.
Laura is survived by her husband Dennis, here daughters Lori (Warren), Sandy (Ray) and Nicole (Darren) and her grand children Brady, Bryton, Jordan, Jessica, Taylor and Traiton.
Family gathering to be held in the Spring.  Donations in memory of Laura may be made to the Kidney Foundation of BC.

Keep playing that piano in Heaven.



  1. Condolences to Dennis and the family. We shared her singing talents in the Shuswap Singers for years. She always had a smile ready to pass on to everyone. Rest now.

  2. Friends for over 40 years. Worked at the Royal together, played music together, for fun and at many Seniors’ Centers, along with Doug Kenner over those years. It was great fun to watch the people dancing and singing, enjoying themselves. Laura was exemplary and I will miss her greatly. See ya again one day when we can pound the keys with the Beer Barrel Polka!! Till then…….

  3. Laura brightened the day of everyone she met. We will miss her so very much.

  4. Laura will be sorely missed by all her friends who listened to her play the piano, at the various coffee houses and music jams, who volunteered with her at Churches Thrift Store and all the times she was there for support no matter what the reason. Close friend to my parents as well. Our condolences to her family, she really was a remarkable and lovely lady.

  5. My condolences to you all. I had the pleasure of working with Laura through the hospital axillary. Always enjoyed having a good chit chat with her. RIP

  6. Laura was my very cherished friend for many years. She was also a mentor, and confidante. She encouraged me join the Shuswap Singers with her and we had a blast. Laura told me I didn’t have to perfect but to just try!
    She was a talented musician and artist..I was a big fan!
    Condolences to Dennis & family, Laura’s girls & grandchildren. They say the best is yet to come..I have so many sweet memories of Laura, one day we will see each other are my angel & I love you with all my heart.

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