Joyce S. Benninghove

June 20, 1936 - May 21, 2013
Joyce S. Benninghove

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Joyce S. Benninghove, 76, of Lake Mary, Florida passed away peacefully on May 21, 2013 with her two sons standing at her bedside and holding her hands. A native of Skimino and Lightfoot, Virginia, she was a loving mother and devoted Christian.

She always found kind words about others, was never distracted by challenges or barriers and lived a wonderful life as a strong and caring person. Aside from spending time with family and friends, some of her preferred activities were playing Euchre, rooting for her favorite sports teams, the Redskins, Braves and Blue Devils or keeping up with the latest politics and news. Joyce moved to Florida to live near her sons and their families in 2006, three years after her husband John had died.

As a child, and much of her adult life, Joyce was an active member of Our Saviourís Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, participated in bible studies and was a youth advisor. She was a member of the Rebekah-Ruth circle and helped make many blankets for charity. After moving to Florida, Joyce attended services at Trinity Lutheran Church in Orlando and participated with the Ladiesí Ministry at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Lake Mary.

Before marriage, Joyce was a secretary for the U.S. Army and worked at Fort Eustis. After marrying, she chose to become a housewife and raise her two sons. Proud of her Norwegian ancestry, Joyce was a member of the Norse Federation, Williamsburg Chapter.

She is survived by her sons John Robert ìRobî Benninghove, II and his wife Shannon of Lake Mary, FL and Richard Alan ìRickî Benninghove and his wife Katie of Lakewood Ranch, FL, five grandchildren Jacob, Jessica, Jordan, Kyle and John, her sister Christine ìTinaî and her husband Victor ìVicî Nielsen of Pensacola, FL and her nephews Christopher ìChrisî Nielsen and Daniel ìDanî Nielsen of Birmingham, AL.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband John Robert Benninghove, brother Oscar James ìJimmieî Score, mother Mabel Levorsen Score and father Oscar John Score.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m. in Our Saviourís Lutheran Church with the Rev. James P. Nickols officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday evening at the Bucktrout of Williamsburg Funeral Home.

Donations to may be made to a Memorial Fund for Joyce Benninghove at Our Saviourís Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 10, Toano, VA 23127.

Just as I am, Thy love unknown

Hath broken every barrier down;

Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013
12:00 AM

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  • June 15, 2013
    ToniaS says:
    I am sorry to read about the loss of your dear Mother. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. We can always count on the Bible for comfort, I always find this scripture especially encouraging I hope you will as well. Revelation 21:4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Thats a sure promise from our Heavenly Father Jehovah along with the promise to resurrect our dear loved ones sleeping in death. John 5:28,29. Acts 24:15. For more information on the hope for those we have lost in death go to

  • June 01, 2013
    Amy Ball says:
    Rob & Family, I was so surprised and saddened to hear about your mother. I was blessed to meet her when she shared a room with my mom at Lake Mary Rehab. My sincere condolences to you & your family.