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  • Name BENJESTORF, Ada Joan 
    Born 14 Nov 1920  Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 18 Feb 2009  Longview, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I101  Roddy-Benjestorf Family Tree
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 

    Father BENJESTORF, Hugo Chris,   b. 4 Aug 1889, Pine Lake Tnshp, Otter Tail Cty, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1963, San Bernardino , California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother ENGLAND, Daisy Ellen,   b. 3 Jun 1898, Tadworth, Banstead, Surrey, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1977, Loma Linda,San Bernardino, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 5 Oct 1914  Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai. Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F270  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family MATHEWS, Arthur Alva,   b. 4 Jun 1918, Muldrow, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1982, San Bernardino, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)  [1
    Married 22 Feb 1941  Las Vegas, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F18  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • "Joan" was born 14 November, 1920 near Fenwood, Saskatchewan, Canada where her parents operated a wheat farm. Her birth certificate shows she was born on the NE quarter of section 24, Alex Benjest>
      orf's homestead. Her father, Hugo, had been operating Alex's farm for a number of years prior to her birth. Joan has been told she was born in Uncle Oscar Benjestorf's house. Oscar may have taken>
      the farm over from Alex.
      Mrs. Conmee McLellan (Aunt Helma Benjestorf) was in attendance at the birth, and Aunt Mae (England) Benjestorf was also present in the house. Joan tells a story told to her by her mother that h>
      er sisters, 4 year old Lucille & 2 year old Virginia had been playing upstairs at the time of her birth. When the two came downstairs it was discovered that Lucille had used the contents of the cham>
      ber pot to "style" Gin's hair ! Aunt Mae wanted to spank Lucille, but Aunt Helma wouldn't let her.
      The family moved to Colton, California when Joan was 3 1/2 years old [around springtime in 1924]. They initially stayed with her Uncle Ed and Aunt Mae in Colton.
      Joans parents stayed in Colton until she was in the 8th grade. During the 8th grade Joan's parents divorced, and her father moved to San Bernardino, taking Joan and Evelyn with him while the tw>
      o older children, Lucille & Virginia, stayed with their mother.
      Joan started the 9th grade in San Bernardino after her parents' separation, and graduated from High School there. After High School she attended a "Beauty School" and graduated as a beautician.>

      She met Arthur Alva Mathews at a "Woodmen of the World" picnic in Riverside, California. On their first date they went to a Rodeo in San Bernardino. Joan & Art were married in Las Vegas, Nevad>
      a, on 22 February, 1941.
      About 2 years after their marriage Art was drafted [?] into the Army and sent to Europe for the duration of WWII. While Art was in Europe, Joan rented out the house and moved back in with her f>
      ather and his second wife, Mary. While there she worked in a beauty shop and used the rental income to make house payments. By the time Art returned at the end of the war, she had paid off the hous>
      e mortgage!
      On the 20th of July, 1948 Joan & Art's only child , Vaughn, was born.
      After her father's 2nd wife, Mary, died, Joan and Art took the responsibility of raising their father's adopted child, Dolly.
      At some point Art & Joan bought a new house next door to their original home. They continued to own the old house and rented it out.
      After Art died in 1982, Joan stayed in San Bernardino for a while but sold the old rental property. Several years later she sold the other house and moved to Santa Barbara, California near her >
      cousin Jeanette (Benjestorf) and husband Paul Jillson where she stayed for about four years.
      Her son, Vaughn had become a minister and was transfered from Hawaii to Longview, Washington, and in the spring of 1999 Joan decided to move to Longview to be near him and his family.
      In August, 2002 Joan was still living in Longview, Washington, and says she is tired of moving and plans to stay their till she dies.
      Most of the information about Joan came directly from telephone conversations and letters from, Ada Joan (Benjestorf) Mathews. I also received a copy of her birth certificate.
      Joan suffered a stroke ca 2006 and moved into a nursing home in Longview.
      In 2008 she developed gangrene in her toes and they were amputated. Aparently not all the gangrene was removed, and she had to have her leg amputated shortly after the first surgery.
      Joan died at Longview, Washington, on the night of 18 February, 2009. A memorial service for her was held on 26 February, 2009 at the New Life Felloship Church at 2441 42nd Avenue, Longview, Wash>

  • Sources 
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