Benzel family matriarch, in photo and history, is the senior center’s featured person for December

Senior Center News
Thursday, December 6, 2018
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Photo by Margaret Arbogast

Ruth Benzel

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The December Photo of the Month is of lifelong Big Horn County resident, Ruth Benzel. Margaret Arbogast’s portrait of Ruth is in honor of her 90th birthday year, 2018.

Ruth’s parents were Henry and Marie Frickle. She was born at home west of Koyoma’s farm in 1928. Her parents had five children, three sons and two daughters, with Ruth being the oldest and her youngest brother still surviving.

Ruth attended Community School from second through eighth grade. Community School was located 10 miles north of Hardin, not far from where she lives on the farm that she and her late husband, John, had lived since they were married 71 years ago on Nov. 23.

Ruth graduated from Hardin High School in May 1947 and married John Benzel in November 1947.

Ruth has been involved in many civic groups and clubs throughout her life. As a young woman, she was active in the North Valley Extension Club which was part of the County Extension office. The girls learned about canning, freezing, sewing and good practices for a farm woman’s household. She has been a member of the Sunshine Club and the E & R Church Women’s Guild. Up until two years ago, she served as an election judge.

Ruth has four children: Diana, Richard, Ron and Steve. She also has nine grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren. Her sons have continued the farming tradition and remain successful by using the farming methods taught to them by their father, John.

Ruth’s favorite pasttimes include sewing, embroidery, crocheting and reading. She keeps busy, still, with her many friends and family visiting.

Ruth and John enjoyed spending time together traveling the world and the United States. They visited Germany, the Caribbean Islands, Alaska, Nashville and Branson, just to name a few. They loved to travel to different states to visit relatives.

They spent winters in Phoenix since the 1980s, leaving the cold weather of Montana in their rearview mirror.

Ruth continues to go to Phoenix since John’s passing in 2012, only missing a couple of years.

Ruth has always been a devoted farmer’s wife, a matriarch of her family, an active member of her church and a dear friend to many.

Stop in at the Hardin Senior Center to see Ruth’s portrait along with the other photos of the month presented by the Photo Gallery Committee, Margaret and Cliff Arbogast.

The Fun For You Day was held on Nov. 28 with retired Little Horn State Bank employee Shirley Margheim as hostess. Shirley gave each person a special Christmas cookie bag and extended an invitation to the Little Horn Bank Christmas Open House on Friday, Dec. 14.

A popular gift this season is a gift certificate from the Hardin Senior Center for meals. You may purchase them in any amount. The Lodge Grass Senior Center also participates. Stop by our senior centers and make that special senior citizen happy.

Pearl Harbor Day is Dec. 7. The day that lives in infamy is when the Japanese attacked the harbor and air base in Hawaii in 1941. Our brave young men hurried to join the military after that to help defend our country. These people are now in their mid-90s and 100s. They indeed are the greatest generation there has ever been. Our country worked together in the war effort. Every American, no matter their race or gender, helped support the soldiers. Lest we never forget the sacrifices of all Americans.

Join us for lunch on Dec. 12. Debbie Wiles will have a Christmas sing-a-long in the afternoon.

The Birthday/Christmas Dinner is on Dec. 19. You must make a reservation before Tuesday, Dec. 18. Call the senior center at (406) 665-2581. A special program will be arranged and presented by Eleanor Hart.

Hardin Senior Center menu:

Thursday, Dec. 6 – beef pasta bake, vegetables, salad, dessert
Friday, Dec. 7 – tuna casserole, salad, vegetables, dessert
Monday, Dec. 10 – spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert
Tuesday, Dec. 11 – potato corn chowder, sandwich, dessert
Wednesday, Dec. 12 – barbecue ribs, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert
Thursday, Dec. 13 – poppy seed chicken, vegetables, salad, dessert