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Margaret Ann ‘Peggy’ Benton, 74, member of Sea Notes Choral Society

Margaret Ann ‘Peggy’ Benton

OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Margaret Ann “Peggy” Benton, 74, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, at home surrounded by family and friends.

Born Jan. 30, 1946, in Newark, New Jersey, the child of Alfred M. Arnoys and Margaret A. Arnoys,

She was raised in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, and, after marrying James F. Benton Jr. in 1966, lived in Dover, New Jersey. There, she and Jim raised their two children, Michele and Michael. She loved her friends and Dehart Avenue neighbors and enjoyed playing and coaching softball, playing volleyball and bowling.

Following her retirement from Shop-Rite after 28 years, and Jim’s retirement from federal service, they moved to Ocean Isle Beach and built their retirement home in Brick Landing Plantation.

Peggy embraced retirement with the enthusiasm and joy that was the trademark of her personality. She enjoyed playing cards, bowling and water aerobics with her many friends in the community and was a member of the Sea Notes Choral Society. Friends and family knew her as an avid reader and a talented Jeopardy player.

Most of all, Peggy loved her family and instilled in her daughter and son a sense of values that have served them well. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. She will be loved and remembered by her husband of over 53 years, Jim; daughter, Michele, and son-in-law, Kelly Cook, of Nashville, and their fur babies, Chief and Master; son, Michael of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, adored grandboys, Dylan and Ayden, and his fiancé, Allison Devine, girls, Allissa and Amanda, and grand fur baby, Gizmo.

A celebration of Peggy’s life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, at Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte, followed by a private family memorial service.

Peggy loved flowers, and music. Donations may be made in her memory to Sea Notes Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 10081, Southport, NC 28461.

Share online condolences with the family at Brunswick Funeral Service.

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