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Joshua Springs resident celebrates 105th birthday

September 23, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Kathryn Benson’s four children frequently visit her at Joshua Springs Senior Living, but usually not at the same time.

Friday was an exception, because it was a special occasion — Benson’s 105th birthday.

Daughter Dena Lentz came in from Seattle and sons Jim, Art and Bruce Benson flew in from Minnesota to celebrate. It was the first time the five have been together since Benson’s 100th birthday.

Also present were a niece and nephew, John and Linda Dodson.

The dining room at Joshua Springs was festooned with balloons, and Benson received a pair of battery-powered birds whose chirps soon filled the room.

Benson received several cards, including one from Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady, who also was on hand when she turned 104.

Of course, there was ice cream and cake with the latter decorated with roses and flashing numerical candles.

Benson, one of the first four residents to move into Joshua Springs when it opened in December 2015, told The Daily News last year that declaring faith in God at an early age has led to her long life.

Benson was born Sept. 21, 1913, in El Cajon, Calif. World War I was still more than 10 months away.

Lentz said her mother shared tales of her parents’ Ford Model A, which had no fuel pump, and had to be driven backward uphill.

Benson’s childhood memories also include walking home from school and herding her family’s goats.

Her father, John Dodson, was a local postmaster, and as a teen, Kathryn would help him in his duties; she eventually became a post office employee.

She lived in El Cajon for about 30 years and later worked as the supervisor of central supply for the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

Benson has lived in the Tri-state since 2010.

Friday’s highlight, she said, was the presence of her children.

“I like having them all here,” she said.

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