Shawnee Lewis Benane

Shawnee Lewis Benane

WENDELL – Shawnee Lewis Benane, 80, went to her heavenly home on Thursday. She was born in Jamestown, NY to the late Loren & Loraine Waite Lewis. She was a research scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency until her retirement after 33 years of service. She was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and a Boy Scouts’ lead trainer. She leaves her husband, children, many family members and friends to cherish her memory.

She is survived by her husband, Alvin Benane of Wendell, children, Scott Benane (Emily), Christine Blackwell (Rod), Ellen Doiron (Eric), sister, Samanthee Moore, grandchildren, Gavin, Noah, Estella, Oran, Nolan, Ava, & Anna.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Judes or a charity of your choice.

Funeral service 11 am, Monday, Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory Chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, NC, 27591. Burial will follow in Greenmount Cemetery.


  • Stephen Lane Posted March 23, 2024 3:05 pm

    I have known Mrs. Shawnee for nearly 40 years. She was my Cubmaster in pack 319 and has been a part of my family’s life ever since.

    Thank you for being an amazing friend to my mom. You helped us so much during very difficult times this past year. We will be there for your family the same way you were there for ours. We love you and will miss you very much.

    Stephen Lane

  • Shawnee Black Posted March 24, 2024 9:37 am

    Sending love to all of the family in North Carolina, from frozen New York. I will miss Aunt Shawnee. What an amazing woman!! I have always been proud to be named after her, and love telling the story of how much my Mom loved her and wanted me to be like her when I grew up. Here’s hoping! Sending you all big hugs!!

  • Maxine Phillips Posted March 25, 2024 7:06 am

    To the family. My condolences and prayers. Shawnee was one of the first individuals I met after joint North Carolina. A sweet spirit and always willing to help! May you find comfort in the many memories and legacies she left.

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