LEWISTON – Joan Pearl Bennett Hodgkin, 74, of Auburn, died Sunday evening, Nov. 21, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her family.

Born on Sept. 23, 1930, in Lewiston, daughter of Gordon P. and Virginia (Record) Bennett, she lived all of her life in the Auburn area.

She received her education in Auburn schools, graduating from Edward Little High School with the class of 1949.

She was a proud and active member of the Laureate Kappa chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, receiving their “Woman of the Year Award” in 2002, after almost 50 years of service.

She worked for many years beside her son, Kevin, at the Corner Variety in Lewiston, and especially enjoyed the time she spent with her friends at Mac’s, Goodwin’s, Roy’s and Rollie’s. Joan spoke often of the good times she and her family had during their summers at Rowe Pond Camps in Pleasant Ridge Plantation. She always said that the best times in her life were spent with her family, including her five sons, their partners, and her much loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her younger brother, Gordon Bennett, of Alameda, Calif.; aunts, Betty Stevens, of Bolton, Conn., and Lila Perry, of Buckfield; sons, Steven and his wife, Carole, of Auburn, Bruce and fiance, Terry Vallerand, of Connecticut, Kevin, of Newry, John and his wife, Sheri, of Turner, and Brian and his partner, Debbie Shannon, of Auburn. Surviving grandchildren and great-grandchildren include; Charity Hodgkin, partner Mike Cushman, and his daughter Maylynn; Bruce Hodgkin and wife, Michelle; Ellen, Mark, Jennifer and Jamie Hodgkin, Patrick Shannon, Peyton and Maisea Hodgkin. She is also survived by former husband, Eddie Hodgkin, of Minot; many cousins, nieces and nephews; by her special friend, Shirley Guptill; and by the sisters of Beta Sigma Phi.

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