Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.
The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
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In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
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Ella B. Benner, 89, of Waldoboro, passed away on the morning of May 31st with her family by her side. Born on Louds Island, on October 28th 1923, she was the daughter of Alphonso and Catherine Willey.
Ella grew up on Louds Island and in New Harbor, attending schools on the island. Upon finishing school, she worked several odd jobs, but her life’s work was truly raising her children.
She enjoyed gardening, cooking and listening to country music, but it was children and her family that gave her the most joy.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Daniel Benner; sons, Stewart Benner, Danny Benner and Kenny Willey; daughter, Sue Ramsey; brothers, Alphonso Willey, Jr. and Harold Willey; granddaughter, Amanda Benner; nephew, Richard Willey; and son-in-law, “Gizmo” Donald Bredeau.
She is survived by her sons, Jimmy Benner and his wife Millie of Waldoboro, Merrill Benner and his wife Roberta of Waldoboro, and Paul Benner of Waldoboro; daughters, Marcia Benner and her partner Jimmy Green of Waldoboro, Marilyn Bredeau of Damariscotta, and June Benner and her partner Nathan Tozier of Damariscotta; grandchildren, Theresa Willey, Kenny Willey, Jr., Adam Willey, Mark Gutek, Eric Benner, Nichole Benner, April Simmons, Renee Flint, Jimmy Benner, Timmy Benner, Angela Hoffses, David Benner, Carol Benner, Stewart Benner, Sr. Lisa Chickering, Falisha Carter, Daniel Chickering, Stephen Benner, Danielle Benner, Tabitha Benner, Kelly Brown, Joshua Benner, Christopher Benner, Sara Benner and Melissa Benner; as well as many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A time of visitation was held at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home on the evening of June 4th 2012. She will be laid to rest in the New Harbor Cemetery on Sunday, June 10th at 1:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ella Benner Memorial Fund, c/o Damariscotta Bank & Trust, PO Box 999, Damariscotta, ME 04543.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Condolences, and messages for the family, may be expressed by visiting: www.StrongHancock.com.
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