Doris I. Benckert

Aug 27, 1924 – May 20, 2015

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Doris Ina Benckert, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2015 after a brief illness.

            Doris was born August 27, 1924 in Ellensburg, WA. to Frank and Ola Dewees Reed, their first child.  She graduated from Broadway High School in Seattle in June 1943.

            In March, 1949 she married Walter Benckert who had proposed marriage exactly one year to the day after they met. Their union was loving and strong for more than 66 years. Their only child, Pat, was born in 1958.

              Doris was a long time member of the Arboretum Foundation, West Seattle Garden Club, Audubon Society and North American Rock Garden Society.  For many years she gave lectures and taught classes in gardening.  She and Walter started a nursery business in 1973.  Doris loved gardening, birdwatching, camping and all things in nature.  After Walter retired they both enjoyed traveling and camping throughout the United States from Alaska to Maine.

            She was a beloved wife, a trusted companion and a loyal friend.  She will be missed by many. The lives of those who knew her were enriched by the warmth of her friendship.

            She is survived by her husband, Walter Benckert of Seatac, WA. and daughter, Pat, of Normandy Park, WA.  Her sister, Norma, predeceased her.

            In lieu of flowers or memorials, Doris requested that contributions be made to the Washington Park Arboretum Foundation or Medic One Foundation.


Pat Barrere
Normandy Park, Washington
Jun 4, 2015

Miss you Mom! I just wish you knew how much you touched so many people's lives.

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