Debra A.'s Story
Debra A. (Geraghty) Benvie, 60, beloved wife of Charles I. Benvie, died Saturday, October 1, 2016, at home with her husband by her side.
Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Timothy and Madeline (Slattery) Geraghty. She was raised in Salem and graduated from Salem High School, Class of 1974. She continued her education at the North Shore Community College, where she earned her degree in respiratory therapy.
Mrs. Benvie was employed for 40 years as a respiratory therapist at the Addison-Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, as well as other area hospitals, until the time of her retirement.
In 2010, Deb founded and served as Director of the Dickens Fellowship-North of Boston in Salem. The Fellowship's purpose is to promote the knowledge and appreciation of Charles Dickens’ works as well as the preservation of properties associated with his works.
A longtime resident of the City of Salem, Mrs. Benvie volunteered her time at the elementary schools in Salem. She also had a great affection for Disney World and her trips there. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be missed by all who knew her.
In addition to her husband with whom she shared 35 years of marriage, she is survived by two daughters, Nicole Bowers and her husband, Clinton of Vista, Calif., and Archita Benvie of Provo, Utah; a sister, Nancy Layton of New Hampshire; and a niece, Kayla Layton of New Hampshire.
Her funeral service will be celebrated at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 400 Essex Street, Lynnfield, Friday, October 7, 2016, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial in the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in West Peabody. Contributions may be made in her memory to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. Information, directions, condolences at .
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