Recently, DaVita’s Jacksonville Regency clinic celebrated and honored our patient and her husband as they celebrate 70 years of marriage.
Mr. and Mrs. Benson were married on June 21, 1947 in Fowlerville, Mich. at The Lutheran Church. They enjoyed a small ceremony with family and had a reception afterward at the home of Mrs. Benson’s parents. Mr. Benson was already working for the USDA and so the young couple set out on 70 years of raising kids and traveling the United States. They moved to Jacksonville, Fla. in 1965 where they continued to raise their three children. Mr. Benson’s job continued to relocate the couple all over the U.S. and when he retired in 1989, the couple returned to Jacksonville, Fla. to build “our final home.” Mr. and Mrs. Benson wanted to be in Jacksonville with their family. They have eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and three great-great granddaughters.
Mr. Benson lovingly drives his wife to all of her treatments and enjoys sitting with her during dialysis. They watch TV, read books, and laugh throughout her dialysis treatment. They have made many friends on her treatment days and all of the patients and teammates look forward to their arrival.
On June 20 we were honored to celebrate them. The couple arrived to find her chair decorated with wonderful wedding bliss and balloons. We played the Wedding March song for them as they were served small cupcakes and white sparkling grape juice. We played The Anniversary Song, by Dinah Shore that was released in 1947, and the couple received cards from the team and the patients. The couple was overjoyed and loved their surprise. The patients were so excited for Mr. and Mrs. Benson to arrive and celebrated with small cupcakes and many smiles and many anniversary wishes!