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1940 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
JoAnne passed away peacefully after a 7 year battle with cancer on April 7, 2017. JoAnne was born Jan. 23, 1940 in New York City to Robert and Dorothy Heft. She resided in Riverside, CA over 50 years. She graduated from high school in Conneuat, Ohio, class of 57. She was a skilled medical secretary and transcriptionist for over 35 years.
JoAnne was a caring mother, great cook, avid reader and gardener. She enjoyed watching hummingbirds and loved dogs. She received a lifetime honorary service award and served as PTA President at Jefferson, Sierra Middle and Ramona High schools. She handled all that came her way with strength, dignity and grace, and her positive attitude was an inspiration to many. She cared deeply for her family and friends. She often thought of others before herself, and always had an ear to listen.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Cost and her parents. Survived by her sons, Ron Benton, of Green River, UT, and Robert Benton of Troutman, NC; daughter, Karen Maynard of Carlsbad, CA; 4 grandchildren, Brandon, Blaine, Mitchell and Alyssa; 3 great grandchildren, Zoey, Maxx, and Hunter,all of whom will miss her dearly.
Interment will be private at Riverside National Cemetery with husband, James.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Apr. 29, 2017
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