Sidney: Christine Alice Benson Dudley passed on to her heavenly rest Friday July 27 2012, surrounded by her loving family at Lakewood Continuing Care Center after a period of declining health. 2. She was born February 19, 1924 in the Sidney farmhouse she resided in until her admission to Lakewood in February. Christine, the 4th of 5 children born to Harold and Ella (Cowan) Benson, grew up in a close knit,devoted, Christian family. She graduated from Williams High School in 1942. She attended Gordon College, Farmington Teachers College, Gorham Normal School and graduated from Providence Bible Institute in 1947. Christine taught school in the old one room school houses. First, in the Cowan School in Sidney and later in Belgrade. She married Fred Dudley of Smithfield on April 18 1953 and soon gave up teaching full time to become a wife and mother. Together, she and Fred raised 4 children, returning to substitute teaching as the youngest reached school age. In 1972, she took a full time job as a personal care aide and CRMA at Cowan's Boarding Home, currently Snowpond Residential Care, for 17 years retiring in 1989. She adored her grandchildren and spent many hours "teaching" them during her retirement years. Christine was most often found in her garden growing a variety of vegetables and beautiful flowers. Friends and neighbors came back year after year for her delicious corn. She was a staunch Republican and enjoyed following politics. She was a member of the Oakland Sidney United Methodist Church for over 70 years. Christine was predeceased by her parents, 3 sisters: Catherine and Grace Benson, and Ruth Bulmer. She is survived by her husband, Fred, of 59 years. Four children: Carol Brann and husband Dennis of Vassalboro, Richard Dudley and wife Donna of Dresden, Linda Graham and husband David of Waterville and Sidney, and Esther Dudley of Waterville. Four Grandchildren: Leslie Tardiff and husband Derek of Waterville, Sarah Dudley and partner John Mraz of Watertown, New York, Joshua McKechnie of Waterville, and Kyle Dudley and wife Erica of Melbourne, Florida. Three Great-Grandsons: Jacob Couture, Cooper Tardiff and Eben Dudley. One brother: Reverend Howard Benson and wife Eva of Bangor, one cousin: Clara Kierstead of Waterville, several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Funeral Home and Cremation Services www.wheelerfh.com . There will be no visiting hours. Funeral service will be at 2:00 pm on Thursday, August 2,2012 at the Oakland Sidney United Methodist Church on West School St in Oakland, with burial immediately following in Pine Grove Cemetery in Belgrade. A gathering following the service will be held downstairs at the church in Oakland. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Christine's memory to Oakland Sidney United Methodist Church 20 West School St Oakland ME 04963.