Arline J. Seely-Bensch

Memorial services for Arline J. Seely-Bensch, 82, Lawrence, will be 10 am, Saturday, December 29, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence.

She died Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at her home.

Arline was born February 1, 1936, in Wichita, KS, the daughter of Dale Miller Six and Evelyn Elizabeth Fisher Six. She graduated from Wichita North High School in 1953, received her bachelor’s degree from Friends University, and later attended the University of Kansas receiving her Master’s Degree in Education in 1986.

A dedicated and creative teacher, Arline taught elementary school in Wichita, St. Louis, Meade (KS), Perry-Lecompton (Williamstown, Grantville), and Eudora. She also served as a Title I reading specialist and a tutor. An avid reader, Arline volunteered for the University of Kansas Audio-Reader Network, a reading service for the blind and visually impaired, for more than 30 years and notably recorded all of the Harry Potter books.

Arline was active in the Methodist and United Methodist Church throughout her life and was involved with starting the Methodist Urban Ministry in Wichita, now known as United Methodist Open Door. In Lawrence, she was an active member of First United Methodist Church and worked with Reconciling Hearts and Justice Ministries. During the 1960s, Arline was active in the civil rights movement and was a lifelong advocate of equal rights and social justice for all. She was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed art, nature, travel, science fiction and films.

Arline was blessed to have had two wonderful husbands. She married Gene Stewart Seely on April 6, 1955 in Wichita; he preceded her in death in 1995. After reconnecting at their 45th high school class reunion in 1998, Arline married Larry Bensch on October 25, 2003 in Baldwin City; he survives of the home.

Other survivors include son David Seely (Debra) of Wichita, daughters Diana Seely Frederick (Joel) of Lawrence and Doreen Seely-Francis (Jay Francis) of Topeka; grandchildren Michael Seely (Michael Patch), Elise Crain (Nicholas), Matthew Seely, Amanda Frederick, Josh Frederick, and Anikka Francis, and great-grandson Aydon Crain. Additional survivors include stepchildren Cheryl Fornshell (Bob), Alan Bensch (Trish Cobb), David Bensch (Laura Clendenin), Lori Murphy (Pat), and step-granddaughter Ariana Bensch. She is also survived by brother-in-law Arthur Seely and sister-in-law Calvalene Seely, nephew Dean Seely (Debi), nieces Sharon Seely Novo and Kimberly Seely Butler all of Alabama, and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Daniel Six, husband Gene Seely, and great-granddaughter Piper Jean Crain.

A visitation will take place from 7-8pm Friday, December 28, 2018, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence First United Methodist Church (FUMC), Audio-Reader, and Douglas County CASA, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Online condolences may be made at

Messages & Condolences

From Eileen (Stomp) Frieden...

I was notified of Arline’s passing by one of my Wichita sisters. So sorry for your loss. Arline was my best childhood friend. She lived next door and we were together daily. May God bless her eternal rest.

From Tom & Kathy Adams...

To Larry, Diana, Doreen, David, and Family, sorry about your loss. Just read about Arline in the Eagle. I have many memories growing up with you even through we did live a far distance away. One thing that I will remember that Arline had a saying “there is always two sides of a pancake” Our prayers are with you All.

From Leonard Anderson (LaVerne)...

I wish to convey my deepest sympathy at Arline’s passing. Larry, I recall fondly our time at North High School in Wichita. So sorry you and Arline were unable to attend our class 65th Reunion last October.

From The Francis Family...

Doreen, David, Diana, and Larry. We are so sorry for your loss. Arline was extremely loving, caring, gentle, and touched so many lives. Thank you for sharing Arline with our family.

From Judy Niebaum...

Larry, and Diana, Doreen, David, and all of you, Arline’s sweet Family, I am holding you so tenderly in my thoughts… I am so saddened by our loss of Arline… Bless her heart and all of yours too… She will be missed…

From ken and annette wertzberger...

Condolences to Diana and family. My father died on Christmas.

From Ernest E Remy...

Larry, so sorry for your loss. Connie and I pray for your strength in this time of need. We share in your loss and grief.

From Fred Ahlemann...

Larry, I pray for your strength in your loss at this time. I lost my wife three months ago and can feel some of your pain. My mother also died on Christmas morning and my father died on Dec. 8th. This can be a very sad time of the year, as well as a blessed time of the year. My prayers are with you.

From DW...

To the Family, so sorry for your loss. Hope you will be comforted in knowing that Arline has the prospect of being resurrected, healthy (in the flesh), to Paradise Earth just as Jehovah God has promised. In fact , the vast majority will enjoy everlasting life right here on earth as God had intended from the beginning. God’s Kingdom will do this under the rule of Jesus Christ. READ John 5:28, 29, Job 14:14, 15,Psalms 37:29,Matthew 6:9,10, Matthew 5:5 and Revelation 21:2-4 Go To: JW.ORG

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