Helen M.J. Benson, 97, passed away at the Towner County Medical Center, Cando, N.D. on January 4, 2013. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 12 at the Cando Lutheran Church in Cando at 2 p.m with burial Halling in the Cemetery atrural Bisbee at a later date. Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Dunnigan Dix Funeral Home in Cando. Helen M.J. Benson was born June 27, 1915 to Herman and Mathilda (Thue) Dressen in rural Rugby, N.D. Helen married Edwin B. Benson on October 21, 1934. They lived on their farm at rural Bisbee, N.D. until the passing of Edwin on May 16, 1982. Helen remained on the farm until 1985 when she moved into Cando. For the past 10 years she had been a resident of the Cando Living Center until December 8 when she was transferred to the Towner County Medical Center . Helen and Ed had four children; Nona (Berg), Ardis (Hunter), David and Hilman; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Helen was a member of the Cando Lutheran Church for many years; the Lunde Ladies Aid and the Lutheran Quilting group. Helen was known for her kind heart and gracious hospitality. The welcome mat was always out for anyone who came by. That was time for a good visit, coffee and fresh baked pastries; and of course a hot meal if company stopped by at that time of day. One of Helen’s passions was quilting. All of her family members had at least one of her quilts and her grandchildren were sure to have a newly made one when they went off to college. For several years she furnished quilts to the Indian Mission at Spirit Lake. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, parents, four sisters, one brother and two son-in-laws. Online guestbook is available at www.dunnigandix.com. Dunnigan-Dix Funeral Home, Cando, is in charge of arrangments.