Agnes M. Cary-Benter

Agnes M. Cary-Benter, 87, of Minot, formerly of Crosby, passed way Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at her home.

Agnes Marian Ann Jenish was born June 25, 1925, to Egne and Sophia (Millar) Jenish, in Estevan, Sask., where she was raised and received her education along with her two brothers and sister.

On May 31, 1947, Aggie married Arthur B. Cary in Estevan. Art and Aggie, and their five children made Crosby their longtime home. There she was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Altar Guild and was a lifelong member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Arthur passed away in April 1976.

Aggie was blessed with a green thumb and was well known as an excellent gardener. For many years she shared her talent with Crosby area residents, offering a variety of garden bedding plants and flowers from her greenhouse.

She was also noted for her love of the outdoors and along with her husband and children enjoyed all the plentiful bounty northwestern North Dakota has to offer. Her true passion was fishing, and she reveled in every opportunity to join her family and friends at area lakes year-round.

Aggie was an excellent cook, and was a master at preparing wild game and fish. In addition, she thoroughly enjoyed reading and collecting recipes from far and wide.

In August 1978, Aggie married Raymond Benter in Crosby and along with his five children, created an extended family. Ray and Aggie traveled at length for work and pleasure, spending summers in Crosby and winters in Donna, Texas. Ray passed away in October 2007.

In 2008, Aggie moved to her new home at The View in Minot, where she enjoyed a wonderful community and many dear friends. She was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church of Minot. Aggie was a big fan of UND Fighting Sioux Hockey and looked forward to following her team on television every season.

Another of her many talents was crocheting. During her time at The View, Aggie created more than 1,700 baby caps for newborns at Trinity Hospital and lovingly produced countless keepsakes for family and friends.

She was exceedingly proud of her 11 grandchildren and especially adored her 17 great-grandchildren.

Agnes is survived by: her brothers, John (Marilyn) Jenish, Kelowna, British Columbia, Frank (Eva) Jenish, Chemainus, British Columbia; daughters, Arthleen (Ivan) Larson, Bismarck, Kathleen Cary, Malta, Mont., Donnaleen (Gary) Sparks, Crosby; sons, Robert (Wanda) Cary, Grand Forks, and Michael (Angela) Cary, Grand Forks; 11 grandchildren: Bryan Larson, Jeffrey Larson, Steph Lucas, Christi Jo Wiley, Christopher Sundberg, Shawn Sundberg, Ryan Sundberg, Ashley Rindel, Seanna Sparks, Pat Cary, Dan Cary; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Shirley Winterton; and husbands, Arthur Cary and Raymond Benter.

Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, April 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.

Interment: St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Crosby.

Visitation: Sunday, April 21, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

Vigil prayer service: Sunday at 5 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials: Are preferred to Trinity Hospice, Minot, or to an organization of the donor’s choice.

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