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Kimberley Ann Benway


Kimberley Ann Benway, 57, of Jay, passed away peacefully on April 9th, 2018 at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh.

Kim was fortunate to have a large, blended family. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Christopher (Chris), son Bryan, and daughter Katie, father and step-mother Norman and Sharon Belanger, step-father Dale Hart, step-mother Suzanna (Suzie) Bowman, siblings Robert (Rob) Belanger, Melissa (Missy) Belanger, John Belanger, David Belanger, Kris Dekker and Cari Reaves, special cousins Julie Rock and Jill Wells, and her best friends of over 40 years Holly and Henry Coolidge.

Kim was pre-deceased by her mother Marion Hart, father Clinton “Blackie” Bowman, and brother Troy Bowman.

Kim grew up in Keeseville and graduated from Au Sable Valley High School in 1978. In 1980 she received her Associates Degree in Business from Clinton Community College. Kim also starred on the Clinton softball team while working toward her diploma.

After 25 years Kim retired in January 2018 from Mountain Lake Services (formally Essex County ARC), where she worked at the John Fountain Road residence in Jay. There, Kim cared for the residents on a day to day basis. She enjoyed taking the residents out in the community on day trips. In December 2017 Kim was inducted into the Quarter Century Club by Mountain Lake Services, honoring her 25 years of services.

For 12 of her 25 years at Mountain Lake Services, Kim worked the night shift, 11pm to 7am. During that same time, while her children were at Holy Name School, Kim served as the volunteer gym teacher, volunteer lunch server, as well as chaperoned nearly every field trip. Kim never once missed one of her children’s extra-curricular activities during their time in school, even when working the night shift.

Kim was also a successful youth softball coach for many years. She coached the Au Sable Assassins pee wee softball team to the First Annual Kari Lynn Nixon Memorial Softball Tournament Championship in 1994, as well as several other tournament championships during her coaching career.

Kim very much enjoyed visiting her son in Texas, spending time with her daughter and husband, as well as being around her family and friends. Kim cherished all of her “Girls trips” with her family and close friends, as well as enjoyed spending time at the family’s condo in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Calling hours will be Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Thwaits-Zaumetzer Funeral Home with a funeral service to follow.

In Lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Kim’s name to the Hope Lodge in Burlington Vermont, where she stayed during her cancer treatments and appointments.