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Myrtle Benjamin

December 31, 1924 ~ January 9, 2022 (age 97)

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Myrtle V. Benjamin
December 31, 1924 - January 9, 2022

Myrtle V. Benjamin passed away peacefully on January 9, 2022, at John F. Kennedy University Medical Center in Edison, N.J. She was 97 and lived a rich and full life. 
Myrtle was a lifelong resident of Perth Amboy. She was employed by the State of New York for more than 40 years.
She loved music and learned to play the piano as a child. Jazz was her favorite genre. Her radio often was tuned to the beats of jazz greats, and pianist Erroll Garner was at the top of her list. 
She wore bold jewelry and was known for signature silver bracelets that stretched up her arm, each one celebrating a trip, gift, or special place. She savored her Sunday lox, bagel, and cream cheese.
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If you knew Myrtle, you understood she was fiercely independent and proud. 
She traveled to Caribbean Islands and elsewhere abroad. At home, Manhattan was a place to explore and learn. She appreciated Broadway theater and the visual arts, and she took her nieces and nephew into the city to shows and exhibits. There were trips to see the Rockettes, tourist spots, the circus, and museums. A city visit always involved dining, too. 

Myrtle learned to garden from her sister, and she kept her yard pristine. She treasured close friends and was anchored in faith. She was a dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church of Perth Amboy for nearly 55 years, where, among her many contributions, she was an ordained elder, a position of great leadership. She also worked with the music ministry, served as a greeter, and was a member of the United Presbyterian Women's Association ministry. 


Myrtle was the daughter of Emil A. and Casilda T. Benjamin, who were born in Anguilla, West Indies. She was devoted to her mother and cherished fond memories of her. She is survived by her sister, Beryl C. Williams of Bayside, Wisconsin; niece Jill Williams and her husband, Sherman, of Bayside, Wisconsin; niece Pamela Williams-Mungo of Charlotte, North Carolina; and nephew Gary Williams, Citrus Heights, California. She was the devoted godmother of Yvonne Everett of Prosper, Texas, and treasured cousin to Marva Gumbs Jennings, Washington, D.C. She will be missed by them and by wonderful neighbors and dear friends. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the United Presbyterian Women's Association ministry, United Presbyterian Church of Perth Amboy, 45 Market St., Perth Amboy, N.J. 08861. 

Visitation will be held Monday, January 17, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church of Perth Amboy from 10 am - 11 am followed by an 11 am Funeral Service. Burial will follow at Alpine Cemetery. Arrangement made by the Gustav J. Novak Funeral Home 419 Barclay St. Perth Amboy. 

 


Services

Visitation
Monday
January 17, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
45 Market Street
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Funeral Service
Monday
January 17, 2022

11:00 AM
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
45 Market Street
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Burial
Monday
January 17, 2022

ALPINE CEMETERY
707 AMBOY AVENUE
PERTH AMBOY, NJ 08861

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