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Carolyn Alice Warsen VanBenschoten

Mrs. Carolyn Alice Warsen VanBenschoten of 1058 Wolf Trap Road, South Boston passed away Jan. 28, 2013 at her home. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Nov. 3, 1936 to the late Joseph S. Warsen and Alice Gregory Warsen.  She was a graduate of Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt. and is survived by her husband of 53 years, Theodore ‘Ted’ Ronald VanBenschoten Sr.  

Ted and Carolyn moved to South Boston in 1962.  Previously, she attended Faith Mennonite Church in Cluster Springs.  She then became a member of First Presbyterian Church in South Boston. She was an avid tennis player and a prominent antique dealer.  Carolyn was a loving mother of three sons.

Survivors include her husband of South Boston; three sons, Captain Theodore Ronald VanBenschoten Jr. and wife Ann of Queenstown, Md., Keith Joseph VanBenschoten and friend Kim Wright of Bridgewater, and Gregory Alan VanBenschoten and wife Linda King of Hickory, N.C.; one brother,
John Warsen and wife Cathie Mehler of Lopez Island, Wash.; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; former daughter-in-laws, Rhoda Slabach VanBenschoten of Harrisonburg and Mary Everhart VanBenschoten of Inverness, Fla.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, David Warsen and Joseph Warsen.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Dr. Russell Lee will conduct the service.  The family will receive friends at Powell Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 1, from 7 until 8:30 p.m.

For memorials, consider the Halifax County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 1891, Halifax, VA 24558 and Halifax Regional Hospice, 2204 Wilborn Ave, South Boston, VA  24592.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.