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Joan (Benner) Fuller, 63, died Monday October 10, 2011 in San Simeon, CA as the result of a car accident. Her husband, Peter D. Fuller is recovering from the accident. Born January 1, 1948, in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Nolan P. Benner Jr. and Barbara Young Benner. She was a graduate of Moravian Seminary for Girls, Pine Manor College and Albion College, earning her Masters in Education at Lehigh University. Joan worked for the Council on International Educational Exchange in New York City and taught English at South Mountain Junior High School. Joan was married to Peter D. Fuller on August 25, 1973 and lived on a farm in Riegelsville for many years before moving to Emmaus. Joan mentored family, friends and many others by sharing with them her clarity of vision, truthfulness and joy. She had a bright smile, delightful sense of humor and enthusiastic outlook. Her warm hospitality was welcoming to all. Joan was passionate about the mission of the Society of the Arts of the Allentown Art Museum (SOTA), serving as an active member and President from 2000-2002. She enjoyed being a Docent for the museum, sharing her appreciation for art with school children and others. With her husband Peter she founded Embrace Your Dreams, an organization that impacts the lives of young people of diverse backgrounds through education that promotes positive values, physical skills and sportsmanship. She served on the Board of Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley, the local chapter of the largest dropout prevention program in the nation. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Joan was a member of The Fortnightly Club, Lehigh and Saucon Country Clubs, and was a subscribing member to the Visiting Nurses Association, which supports Sacred Heart Hospitals Hospice and Pediatric Services. At the time of her death she was assembling a show of her father, Nolan P. Buss Benner Jrs paintings, for the Allentown Art Museum, slated for the spring of 2012. Survivors: In addition to her mother and husband of 38 years, she is survived by her beloved children, Nicole Alexandra of Santa Barbara CA, Zachary Peter of Bethlehem, and Jeremiah Young of Miami FL; her sister, Carol Barnes of Murrieta, CA; two nieces, a nephew, several great nieces and nephews, aunts and cousins. Her father pre-deceased her. Services: Services will be held at the discretion of family. Contributions: Donations in her memory may be made to the SOTA Print Fund, care of the Allentown Art Museum, 31 North 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18101; Embrace Your Dreams 424 Center Street, Suite 300, Bethlehem, PA 18018; or Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley, PO Box 722, Allentown, PA 18105.
Published in Morning Call on Oct. 18, 2011
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