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Obituary: BENNION, LUCY

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Lucy Jensen Bennion1919-2013Salt Lake City, UTShe celebrated her 39th Birthday 55 times. A lovely, spirited lady who was a role model to all who knew her has moved on. Lucy spent her early years in Ogden and moved to Salt Lake to attend the University of Utah. She joined Chi Omega Sorority, became Homecoming Queen, 1st Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, and, most importantly, met Dick Bennion.After a whirlwind courtship, the newlyweds moved to Washington, D.C. where Lucy worked at the Treasury Dept. and put Dick through law school. After W.W. II, the couple found themselves back in Utah, where three more men entered her life.Lucy became the consummate entertainer, renowned chef, tennis cheerleader, and a bastion of support to her husband and well-mannered boys. Besides being a natural beauty, she was the real athlete in the family. Playing a mean game of tennis into her 70's, golfing prodigiously into her 90's (deadly left-handed putter), and walking daily until last week, Lucy left a vapor trail across the sky for all to admire.Community involvement beckoned too, as Lucy committed her time to the boards of the Art Barn (championed low cost painting rentals, bringing quality art to the masses), Junior League, Sarah Daft Home, and the Utah League of Women Voters. No shrinking violet, one of her proudest moments was marching house-to-house with a granddaughter handing out voting brochures.People only called her Lucile once. She was "Lucy" (LU-see) to one and all. Possessed with an unquenchable desire to learn, this petite force of nature took art classes in her 80's, traveled abroad alone after her husband died, took her grandchildren to avant-garde events, and demonstrated how to smuggle home-made chocolate into movies. A lightening rod all her life.Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, dashing husband of 60 years Dick, infant daughter Robin and brother Gordon Jensen. Survived by three adoring sons and daughters-in-law: Rick (Janis), Scott (Jeanne), Bill (Vicki), seven grandchildren: Lisa, Scott, Julia, Blaire, Derek, Steven & Alex and a whiz-bang, 3-star General, Bill Martin, who made her very happy during their twilight years.Lucy will be missed and tales of her exploits will remain for generations of Bennions to come.Kudos to the remarkable staff at the University of Utah E.R. and Palliative Care Unit.Farewell our lovely.Memorial Service at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15th at Garner Funeral Home, 1001 East 11th AvenueA celebration of a life well-lived will be held afterward at the Town Club, 1081 East South Temple, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m..