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Sarah Naomi Benson Obituary

Obituary

Sarah was born on June 26, 1982, in New Haven, Connecticut to Deborah and Gregg Benson.  Her younger brother is Joshua Benson, and her younger sister is Emily Benson Chatzky.

Sarah attended school in Waterford, Connecticut. In 2001, she moved to a group home run by the Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC) in Delray Beach, Florida. She attended Boca High School, proudly graduating in 2005. After 23 years at JARC, in August 2023 she moved to Flamingo Intermediate Care Facility in Lantana as her health had deteriorated and she could no longer live in the group home successfully.

Sarah had an infectious beautiful smile and loved everyone she met. She was very social, and everyone was her friend. She enjoyed participating in the Special Olympics, and she won many medals in swimming, horseback riding, and bowling. She loved to go out to eat with her family – her favorite restaurants were Chili’s and Outback. Sarah loved music and movies. She had a beautiful singing voice and knew the words to many, many Broadway musicals as well as every Disney princess movie. She didn’t go anywhere without her DVD player and headphones. Sarah loved attending synagogue and knew the words to all or most of the Hebrew prayers and sang along with gusto. Sarah had a remarkable sense of direction and could always direct us to where she wanted to go.

More than anything Sarah loved her family.  She adored all of us but especially her late grandmother Susie.  To Sarah, being with her family was the best time of all.

Sarah made up nicknames for almost everyone in the family. There was Pfizer Man, Soccer Boy, Army Boy, School Girl, Walmart Lady, and Mah Jong Lady, among others.  You can guess who’s who. Sarah always made us laugh and was a bright light. If you ever felt bad, Sarah was the first one to cheer you up. She wanted everyone to be happy. She made us happy, and she will be missed terribly.

Memorial Contributions

May be made in Memory of Sarah Naomi Benson

JARC (Jewish Association for Residential Care

Or

Trustbridge Hospice

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