Combat Veterans



Northern Virginia

Chapter 27-2

In Honor of Darlene Anne Benson (1958 to 2016)

In Darlene's own words:


I'd like the memory of me

to be a happy one,

I'd like to leave an afterglow

 of smiles when life is done.

I'd like to leave an echo

whispering softly down the ways,

of happy times and laughing times

and right and sunny days.

I's like the tears of those who grieve

to dry before the sun,

of happy memories that I leave

when life is done.


Originally from Pittsburgh, PA,  she was a world traveler as a member of the Marine Corps family.  Darlene lived life to its fullest and embraced every opportunity available.  The themes in her life she valued the most were her home,  her Steelers and Penguins,  the Marine Corps,  motorcycling,  traveling, a ll veterans and above all else, her family.  She did not go quietly into the night but rather grabbed onto life with two hands and always rode the biggest roller coasters life could offer…  thrilled with each one.   Darlene touched each and every person she ever met. She raised three beautiful children as well as corralling a husband of over 34 years, keeping everyone in line while loving others more than herself… always.


She is survived by her husband,  Craig,  three beautiful children,  Bill, Jennifer and Jackie,  four grandchildren,  Marleigh,  Lilly,  Chase and Ryleigh,  her father Robert Johnston,  three sisters Debbie,  Donna and Denise;  and a bevy of nieces,  nephews,  cousins and the rest of the clan.