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Joan Elizabeth Benker, 92, dedicated to her family and friends

Joan Elizabeth Benker
Joan Elizabeth Benker

WILMINGTON — Joan Elizabeth Benker, 92, passed away Monday, March 18, 2019, at the Commons at Brightmore. She was born Jan. 8, 1927, in London, England, daughter of the late Percy Hall and Maude Gittings Hall.

Joan graduated from high school in Isleworth, England. She married her husband, William, in 1949 in Stoneham, Massachusetts. After settling in Massachusetts, they moved to Florida, and then to Wilmington. Joan was dedicated to her family and friends, was a wonderful cook, loved gardening, traveling and her afternoon tea.

She is survived by her son, Paul Benker, and his wife, Marilyn, of Northboro, Massachusetts; daughters, Linda Claffey, and her husband, Michael, of Wilmington and Susan Salhany, and her husband, William, of Rehoboth, Massachusetts; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Benker was preceded in death by her husband, William; and sister, Pamela Morgan.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel, 4108 South College Road, Wilmington. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to Liberty Hospice, 2550 South 41st St., Wilmington, NC 28403.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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