Christine Marie Wagner Benda, 50, of Blackshear, passed away early Friday morning, July 17, 2020, at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross, following a sudden illness.

Born in La Mesa, CA February 15, 1970, she had lived in Pierce County since 2011. She was a 1987 graduate of El Cajon Valley High School.  She had been employed with The Pet Resort for several years and was in the process of opening her own pet grooming business. She was also a Scentsy Consultant and had been a volunteer with the Okefenokee Humane Society. She enjoyed kayaking and riding the dirt roads on her golf cart but her true passion was helping animals. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Arlene Spring and two uncles, Dennis Spring and Randy Spring.

Survivors include her husband, Vance R. Benda, Blackshear; her step-son, Jacob Benda, New Bern, NC; her parents, Darlene Spring Wagner, Redlands, CA and Darrell Wagner, San Diego, CA; two sisters, Mandy Wagner and Dianne (Jose’) Garcia, all of Redlands, CA; her uncle, Rick (Cathleen) Spring, Sierra Vista, AZ; 3 nephews, Jacob Wagner, Jesse Garcia and Austin Castillo; two special friends, Dana (Jason) Tatro and Vickie Ratliff, all of Blackshear and several other relatives and friends.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

The family will celebrate her life at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Rick and Nancy Allmon, 2988 Midway Church Road, Blackshear, GA 31516, to help in their effort to rescue animals.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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