Mary Josephine Benner, 83, of Friendship, died peacefully at home with her family by her side, Sunday, June 27, 2021. She was born June 30, 1937 in Portsmouth to the late, Adrian S. Kessinger, Sr. and Mary Margaret (Wear) Kessinger. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Orville David Benner, Jr., brother, Earl David Kessinger, and son-in-law, Tony Hatton.
Mary is survived by three sons; Richard Benner of Sabina, Dwight Benner, of Friendship, Rebel Benner (Ashley) of Rarden, two daughters; Adrian Hatten, of Greenfield, Rebecca Benner of Friendship, a brother, Adrian Samuel Kessinger, Jr. (Pamela), and a sister, Beverly Kessinger, both of Friendship, as well as 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Friendship Cemetery with Rick Phillips officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Melcher Hammer Funeral Home in Portsmouth.
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