Nancy Jane Benien, 76, returned to her Lord, Jesus Christ on March 31, 2020, after a brief illness. She was born November 17, 1943 in Celina, Ohio to Richard Paul Romer and Mary Frances Harlett Romer. She spent her formative years in Fort Recovery, Ohio, enjoying family times with her brother and two sisters. She loved cooking with her grandmother, and aspired to be a home economics teacher. She loved doing crafts, and was an excellent knitter and crochet worker. After high school graduation she worked a number of different jobs before marrying Clayton Love, who she eventually divorced. He passed away in April 2006. Her pride and joy were her two children, and all of her efforts were focused on providing them with a family-centered life. Her motto was, “We work together so we can play together.” She did eventually find love again when a widowered family friend proposed. She and Robert Benien enjoyed each other’s company until he passed away in 2005.
She spent most of her working career with Walgreens. She worked in Fort Wayne, Bluffton and in Decatur until the Walgreens closed. She always prided herself on her numerical skills and often bragged that she didn’t need a machine to tell her the correct change. She could figure any percentage in her head faster than most people could input numbers into a calculator.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and an active participant in the women’s auxiliary. It was there that she learned the one craft that she enjoyed doing the most until her death—Swedish weaving. She is renowned for her beautiful patterns, and meticulous work. She was also quite skilled at playing games and was a superb strategist. It was almost impossible to beat her in 500 rummy!
She is survived by her daughter, Irene (Cheryl) Smith, and Marcus (Flora) Love, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandson. She also leaves a sister, Darlene (William) Clay and a brother, Robert (Phyllis) Romer to mourn her passing. She was preceded in death by a sister, Marguerite Spencer.
Private Funeral Services will be held at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home. Branch President John Symon will be officiating and burial will take place in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, rural Decatur.
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