|Birth: ||Nov. 24, 1918|
|Death: ||May 13, 2009|
Lucille Marie Roudabush was born November 24, 1918 in rural Hartwick to Ben and Carrie Leimberer Roudabush. When she was two years old, the family moved into town where she later attended school, graduating from Hartwick High School in 1936. In 1938 she graduated from Iowa State Teachers' College (now University of Northern Iowa), and subsequently taught in the Blairstown, Iowa school system from 1938 until 1941. Lucille was united in marriage to Kenneth Benda, a former Hartwick High School classmate, on July 5, 1941. The couple made their home first in Chicago, then in Tennessee, where their daughter Barbara Ann was born in August 1942. After Kenneth joined the U.S. Navy in November, Lucille moved with their infant daughter back to Hartwick and then to Belle Plaine, where the two lived until they were reunited with Kenneth in 1946. The family moved to Hartwick, where Kenneth took a position at the Hartwick State Bank. Lucille at first taught school part-time, and later joined Ken in the bank, where she held several positions before becoming Vice President and Director, holding the latter title until the time of her death. A son, James Benjamin, was born to Lucille and Ken in 1951. Lucille's skill at combining motherhood, work, and community involvement was honed as Ken became busy in public service, often away from home during his tenures as Iowa Department Commander of the American Legion and Iowa State Senator. When he became president of the Independent Bankers Association of America in 1975, Lucille participated fully by planning and speaking at events for spouses, and enjoyed the opportunity to travel throughout the country. After making their home in Hartwick for 28 years, Ken and Lucille moved to Grinnell in 1974. In addition to her professional work, Lucille became active in Grinnell in the UCC Church, P.E.O. Chapter BM, and Drummond Club, and served in several volunteer roles in the community. Lucille was preceded in death by Kenneth, her husband of 66 years, and is survived by daughter Barbara Benda Jenkins and husband Eli Kwartler of Pelham, Massachusetts; son Jim Benda of Des Moines; granddaughter Eve Benda Davey and great-granddaughter Althea Davey of Bozeman, Montana; sister-in-law Alberta Brosnahan of Brooklyn; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to the Kenneth and Lucille M. Benda Scholarship Fund and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112.
Kenneth J. Benda (1918 - 2007)*
Created by: Diane Zabel
Record added: May 15, 2009
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