Vail Daily obituary: Joshua Isaac Benson |

Vail Daily obituary: Joshua Isaac Benson

Special to the Daily
Vail, CO Colorado

Joshua Isaac Benson was born at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Hospital on Jan. 16 at 5:36 p.m. At 5:45 pm, he left the arms of his loving parents, Eric and Cory Benson, to go rest in the arms of Jesus. He was on this earth for nine precious minutes. Each minute was tightly embraced, each breath counted.

Though he was only with us for nine minutes, Joshua’s story is much longer. At 22 weeks along in the pregnancy, it was discovered that Joshua had some severe complications that could prevent him from surviving outside of the womb. The specialist presented Eric and Cory with all of the options. They chose life.

After that moment, the pregnancy was no longer counted in weeks, but in days. Each day was another opportunity to learn about Joshua. Each day was another chance for Joshua’s life to be dignified and celebrated.

On Jan. 16, Joshua was embraced by his parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts for the first and last time. Though his passing brought sadness to our hearts, the joy of his arrival surpassed all sorrow. The room was filled with shouts of praise as the family met him for the first time. His arrival into the earth was celebrated with joy and laughter. His parents held him while he took his final breath.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:13-14.

Just as Joshua Isaac Benson’s story didn’t begin on Jan. 16, 2012, it also did not end on Jan. 16, 2012. The moment he left the security of his parent’s embrace, he was welcomed into the arms of Jesus for eternity.

Joshua is deeply loved by his father, Eric Benson, and his mother, Cory Benson; his great-grandparents, Cynthia Lyman and Barbara McKenzie and Dorothy Strickler; grandparents Drake and Judith Benson and Clyde and Cathy Strickler; his uncles, Chad Benson, Earl Littlepage, Benjamin Zamora and Christian Metzler; his aunts, Lauren Benson, Lindsay Littlepage, Camryn Zamora and Casey Metzler; and his cousins, Gabrielle and Cody Littlepage and Arrabelle, Eva and Emma Zamora.

A memorial service will be held for Joshua Benson on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Eagle Valley High School. A potluck reception will follow the ceremony.

The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation provided a volunteer photographer to record his short life with us. In lieu of flowers, we would be pleased to have you support their mission to help other grieving parents through their remembrance photography at: The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, 7800 S Elati St., No. 111, Littleton, CO 80120, or

They would also like to support a child at the St. Luke’s Presbyterian Hospital NICU. All gifts can be sent to Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation, 2055 High St., Suite 240, Denver, CO 80205 in honor of Joshua Isaac Benson.

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