Wife felled by Parkinson's disease

11/18/2003 - New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS -- Grace Marie Trudeau Benson, wife of New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, died Tuesday at 76.

She died of Parkinson's disease at her home, the team said.

She had been with her husband at all Saints games until recently
when she became too ill to attend.

Mrs. Benson was the founding chairwoman of the Louisiana State
University Eye Center Visionary Gala. She also was a board member
of the LSU Medical Center and spearheaded telethons for children's
hospitals in New Orleans and San Antonio. She was a top supporter
of the American Heart Association.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by five children, a
sister and six grandchildren.

Memorial services are Wednesday in New Orleans.