"Our Trickster" JoAnn left her darling Don after 68 years of "pure bliss" (like most marriages). She likely departed us because she could no longer tolerate the uselessness of her body and figured she had a better chance of getting the rest of her projects done elsewhere (worth the risk).\n\nBorn in Provo, Utah September 6, 1929 to Lawrence Peter Crease and Retta Smith. Mom met Donald Wallace Benson at a dance in Bingham City. He was a nice guy from Alpine, working at the Lark mine and had served in the Navy during World War ll. They married in 1947. Mom said her father hosed him off the front porch one night and he still came back! After having three children she decided she needed to "broaden her horizons" if she were to be content. She went to LPN school in 1961 and returned again in 1977 for her RN degree at Weber State College.\n\nShe worked in the Operating Room at the University of Utah for 25 years and retired in 1990. A caregiver once asked Mom what her favorite thing about being an operating nurse was and she replied "bossing doctors around". She could be "hell on wheels" if you didn't "tow the line".\n\nOnce retired, the "broadening of her horizons" kicked in again. She began the restoration of the 1868 family pioneer home in Pleasant Grove, became a beekeeper (until the bee stings resulted in anaphylaxis), raised and sold raspberries, made wine, started the Tanglefoot Llama Farm, joined the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and made a monument, was an excellent seamstress and learned to spin Llama wool, took up photography, continued to work diligently for the Lions Club receiving a multitude of awards and was the first female in Utah Valley to become President. She loved to travel which included trips to Russia, China, and more, was always up for an adventure or "a new taste delight". In spite of how busy she was, cousin Nancy (Mom's 2nd favorite daughter) told me she would always stop to talk, listen and comfort. She will always be remembered as curious, full of life and awe, like a kid in the candy store, huge smile and wide eyes. As Mom's health declined she and Dad decided to buy a condo in Mesquite, NV. There she and Dad finally got some much needed rest for a few years. Mom's home for the last 5 years has been the Bel Air Senior Living Center in American Fork. She received such wonderful care there. They kept her mind and body on the move with the help of Dignity Home Health and Hospice. We cannot thank you all enough!\n\nJoAnn is survived by her husband Don, daughter Christine Benson, son Ronald (Diane) Benson, grandchildren Jonathan (Sandi Brilliant) Benson, Amanda (Steve) Plesser, Susannah (Casey) Owens, and 8 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her daughter Jennifer, brother Paul, and sister Helen.\n\nA celebration of JoAnn's life will be held Sunday, September 13th (Grandparent's Day) at her home in Pleasant Grove from 2:00 to 5:00. Friends and loved ones are invited. In accordance with JoAnn's wishes she was cremated and we plan to keep her at her beautifully restored home. Let's raise a glass in memory of a dynamic woman!\n\nOnline condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.olpinmortuary.com.