Gladys "Ma ko di" Buffalo Benson, 92, of Tama passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Sunny Hill Care Center in Tama. Traditional Graveside Services will be held Saturday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at MacIntosh Cemetery on the Meskwaki Settlement in rural Tama with Homer Bear as speaker. A Traditional Wake will be held Friday evening, June 13, at the Bear Clan Ceremonial Building on the Meskwaki Settlement.
Gladys was born on May 22, 1922, on the Meskwaki Settlement, Tama, the daughter of George and Bonnie (Wanatee) Buffalo Sr. She and her family resided in Chicago, Ill., Eagle Butte, S.D., Denver, Colo. and Fort Yates, N.D. She returned to the Meskwaki Settlement in 1989, where she resided until her death.
She graduated with an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice at Standing Rock Community College in Fort Yates, N.D.
Gladys 'Ma ko di' Buffalo Benson
Gladys married Phillip Benson Sr. in 1941, in Missouri. Her previous occupations included a dietary assistant at IHS in Eagle Butte, S.D., an administrative assistant for the Sac & Fox Tribe, Director of Meskwaki Senior Services, Director of the Indian Center in Denver, Colo. and a baker at the University of Chicago Hospitals.
Gladys enjoyed pow wows, dancing, listening to George Strait, traveling, sewing, making quilts for her grandchildren, cooking, baking and spending time with her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers, Milo and George Buffalo; her niece, Bonnie J. Buffalo; and two grandsons, Robert Jr. and Richard Benson.
Survivors include her children, Linda Tyon and Robert Benson both of Tama; eight grandchildren, Roberta Benson of Tama, Carla Benson of White Horse, S.D., Cheyenne Tyon of Tama, Celeste Tyon-Borrego of San Antonio, Texas, Shawn Benson Sr., Sky Tyon, Vern Jefferson and Ryan Roberts all of Tama; 29 great-grandchildren, Tanner Bruguier, Jayci Hunger, Krystle Tyon, Caylor Benson, Ricky Benson, Kylie Hunger, Jalen Tyon, Brannon Benson, Caden Benson, Asia Roberts, McKennan Traversie, Christian Benson, Shannae Traversie, Shawn Benson Jr., Sterling Tyon, Courage Tyon, Jamison Tyon, Isabella Borrego, Marley Whitefish, Osceola Tyon, Jordana Tyon, Kolton Whitefish, Brad Traversie, Jazzlyn Benson, Cristina Borrego, Ruby Davenport, Dakota Duchencaux and AnnDee Gessinger; six great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Marjorie Buffalo and Betty Buffalo both of Tama; five nieces, Crystal Ross of Winnebago, Neb., Charleen Frenchman of Minneapolis, Minn., Melinda, Marsha and Shelley Buffalo all of Tama; six nephews, Mark Buffalo, Chris Buffalo, Milo Buffalo, Jim Buffalo and John Buffalo all of Tama and Mike Buffalo of South Dakota; and many relatives and friends.
Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Tama-Toledo is assisting the family with the arrangements.