LIBERTY – Alta J. Benner, 78, passed away at her home in Liberty, Oct. 20, 2003. She was born Nov. 17, 1924, in Liberty, to Irving and Edith Jago Hannon. In Alta’s early years she taught school in the one-room schoolhouse in Liberty. She often talked about this and enjoyed it very much. During the War she worked at Bath Iron Works for a time. After Maurice’s return home from the service they were married. They lived with her parents for a while until they built their own house, where she still resided. She and Maurice helped run the family business next door and also the cabins with Edith and Irving. She had many friends in the Liberty and Palermo area. She enjoyed yoga, bowling, and swimming at her friend’s pool, but most of all in St. George’s Lake. She loved her long walks through Alta Acres by the lake. Alta was predeceased by her husband of 56 Years Maurice Benner, who passed away in August of 2002, her brother, Hazen Hannon, and her sister-in-law, Phyllis Hamlin Hannon. She is survived by her two daughters, Victoria Benner and her life time companion, Michael Gregory of Cary, N.C., and Cheryl Roach and husband, Michael of Weeks Mills; a new addition, great-grandson, Nicholas Maurice Fischetto, who was born just this year; four other grandchildren, Julie Jackson of Liberty, Shellee Fischetto of North Carolina, Joseph Roach of New Hampshire and Khristain Clement of Winthrop; 14 nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at the Palermo Christian Church, 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, with the Rev. Edward Hatch officiating. Burial will be in the family lot at the Hannon cemetery. A reception will follow at the Church Hall. Friends who wish may make donations in her memory to the Maine Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 553, Portland, ME 04112. Arrangements are with the Rackliffe Funeral Home, 54 Church St., Belfast, ME.