Gail Lee Kelly Benson



Gail, the 3rd of six daughters of the late Edward and Marion (Wrinn) Kelly was born March 4, 1942 in Hamden, CT. She is survived by her husband of over 57 years, Robert, and their children, Kenneth of LaCrosse, WI, Kevin of Franklin, TN, Keith of Hilton Head, SC, Betty of Eden Prairie, MN and grandson, Kevin Benson Jr. of Clarksville, TN; four sisters, Beverly, Sharon and Doreen of CT and Eileen of FL. She is preceded in death by her oldest sister, Joan.

Gail was deeply loved by her family and was a constant source of support for many friends as they moved across the U.S. They lived in six states and 12 homes that she took great pride in decorating and maintaining, both inside and out. She gracefully opened her home to numerous events for both business associates and friends.

She was involved in many community activities, and tennis was her competitive outlet for many years, along with her boisterous support of her children’s many sport and social activities, with her family always first and foremost. She especially enjoyed traveling to all 50 U.S. states, many with a pop-up camper, and numerous countries via cruises and family trips.

She’ll be remembered for her grace, eloquence and quick wit. Her infectious smile and contagious laugh, though silenced, will be long cherished.

A beautiful woman, both inside and out, more giving than taking, she’ll be missed and truly loved forever – God’s speed.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Rd., Bluffton. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 am until the hour of the service. Contributions to your favorite charity in her name will help other, just as she so graciously did.