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Mary L. McLaughlin June 22, 1925 - April 7, 2009

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BENSON -- Mary Louise McLaughlin, 83, of Benson, died Tuesday at the Swift County Benson Hospital.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson. Burial will be in the Benson City Cemetery.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

She was born June 22, 1925, in Clontarf to Wallace and Meta (Ouren) Frederick. She grew up on a farm near Clontarf and attended grade school at Clontarf. She graduated from Benson High School.

She married Max McLaughlin on May 3, 1943, in Webster, S.D. She lived in Los Angeles and worked in an aircraft factory while her husband was a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II. When he was transferred, she and their first child returned to Benson. He was discharged in 1945 and they moved to Murdock for about a year and then moved back to Benson. They purchased a farm just north of Benson in 1950 and lived there until 1999 when they sold their farm and moved into Benson.

She wrote and presented many musical and dramatic programs in the area, both religious and secular. She was a member of the Choraliers Barbershop Quartet and acted in the Dreamland Theatre II.

She had been a member of the Girl Scouts of America since 1952. She served on the board of directors for the Peacepipe Council and was a Girl Scout Leader, outdoor trainer and music consultant. She helped start the Girl Scout day camp in Swift County. She also served as a Den Mother for Boy Scouts.

She was a member of Pilgrim Congregational Church and served as a Sunday school teacher, choir member and at church camp. She was a member of the Benson Church Women and Church World Service.

She is survived by her children: Linda (and Patrick) Moriarty of Lakeville and Michael (and Patricia) McLaughlin; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2004, a brother and two sisters.

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