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Obituary for Olive Lorraine "Sally" Benes
Olive Lorraine Benes made the journey from this world to eternity on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. She was born in Klein, MT, on October 9, 1920, to William and Bernice (Coggins) Rorick. She acquired the nickname for "Sally" at a very early age and that would be the name most people knew her by. Sally graduated from Klein High School in 1939 and married Oscar Langsather in August of that year. They had two children, Beverly and James. She was always a hard worker and sometimes held two jobs to support her family. She met Ted Benes in 1954 and they were married on October 26, 1955. The made their home in Roundup until 1964 when Ted's job required him to be in Billings. In 1970 they ventured into a new business drilling water wells. Sally was a self-taught bookkeeper and her tenacity for perfect records eventually resulted in the job as secretary for the Montana Water Well Drillers Association. She held that position for over 20 years. They were able to relocate Digger Drilling to the Bull Mountains in 1985, where they resided until retirement. They moved into Roundup in 2003 and then back to Billings in 2009 and into Aspen Meadows Assisted Living in 2011. Sally always enjoyed crafting and spent many hours crocheting afghans, making furniture dusters from garden gloves and yarn, angles from dishtowels, and pot holders, covers for tissues boxes from plastic canvas and yarn. Her deteriorating eyesight forced her to give up those projects but she soon found something she could do - bead necklaces. She became known as "the bead lady" at Aspen Meadows when she had to supply of necklaces for every resident for every holiday or special occasion. She even delivered necklaces to the staff at each of the doctor's offices and also the wait staff at Perkins - her favorite place to go for hot cakes with apricot syrup and vanilla ice cream for dessert! Sally is survived by her children Beverly (John) Spek of Corvallis, Jim (Karen) Langsather of Billings, grandchildren Barb (Jon) Long of Ft. Collins, CO, Brad (Sharon) Langsather of Elliston, and Jason (Amy) Spek of Hamilton. Sally is also survived by her great-grandchildren Josh (Brooke) Long of Renton, WA, Baxter Long of Fort Collins, CO, and great-granddaughter Aspen Rose Long of Renton, WA. Also surviving Sally are sister-in-law Christine Donisthorpe of Bloomfield, NM, Virginia Johnson of Olympia, WA, Dolores (Fred) Lahr of Lewistown, Shirley Benes of Winifred, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents, her two husbands, and her brothers Eldon and Bill (Vivian) Rorick. The family is very grateful for the exceptional care Sally received at Aspen Meadows. Visitation will be at Wier's Funeral Home, Roundup, from 5-7pm on Thursday, November 19. Services will be held at St. Benedicts Catholic Church in Roundup at 11am on Friday, November 20. Interment will follow at Roundup City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested by the family to St. Benedicts or the Musselshell Valley Historical Museum at 524 First Street West, Roundup, MT 59072 or to the charity of the donor's choice. Wier's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.