Obituary, Emily Dodge Benson


Dover Plains – Emily Dodge Benson, 92, a longtime resident of Dover Plains, NY died on February 18, 2015 at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, CT. Mrs. Benson and her husband owned and operated Benson Dairy Farm in Dover Plains, NY for over 40 years.

Born on October 28, 1922 in Beekman, NY she was the daughter of the late John B. and Estelle (Mabie) Dodge. Mrs. Benson attended Beekman No. 5 School and was a Pawling High School graduate class of 1941. She also attended Krissler Business School in Poughkeepsie, NY. On March 25, 1945 at the Baptish Church in Beekman, NY she married Lewis A. Benson who survives at home. Mrs. Benson and her husband had the pleasure of extensive travel throughout the country and Europe.

Mrs. Benson was a former matron of the Eastern Star, a member of the J.H. Ketcham Hose Co. Ladies Auxiliary and the Dover United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Stone Church Grange, the Dover Ladies Bowling League and the Pawling Square dancing group. She also enjoyed picnics, especially at the “cabin” and the ocean. Mrs. Benson was also an avid reader.

In addition to her loving husband of 69 years, Mrs. Benson is survived by four daughters, Candace Dodge Benson of Larchmont, NY, Faye Garito and her husband, John of Poughquag, NY, Melanie LaPierre and her husband, James of Dover Plains, NY and Heather Manning and her husband, Thomas of Pleasant Valley, NY and a sister-in-law, Fannie Benson Telfer of Pleasant Valley, NY. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Michael LaPierre, Ryan Manning, Christopher Garito and Kimberlee Manning Hicks and one great-grandson, John Chianfagna, III.

Besides her parents, Mrs. Benson was predeceased by her sisters, Bernice Fowler Dodge and Florine Dodge Telfer and a brother, Earl Clarence Dodge.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday, February 23, 2015 at the Hufcut Funeral Home, 3159 Rout 22, Dover Plains, NY. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Dover Plains United Methodist Church, 26 Mill St. Dover Plains, NY. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Dover Plains, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dover Plains United Methodist Church, 26 Mill St., Dover Plains, NY 12522. For directions or to send the family an online condolence, please visit

Author: Harlem Valley News