In Loving Memory Of My Beloved Husband

Allen Benner

Who passed away February 21, 2022



I have been putting off posting this on the website because it is very painful for me, but with a very heavy heart, I have to announce that my beloved husband of 50 years passed away February 21.  This has been a very difficult time for me and my family especially because his death was so unexpected.  Allen was very much involved in Dolls By Mary Benner,  even though he worked full time and owned his own real estate company.   Allen was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.  He retired from the Navy,  he loved our country and served it for 22 years in active duty.


It was Allen who encouraged me to start selling my dolls back in 1990.  He helped me start my business & even named it for me,  “Cherished Collectibles”.   Our motto was “ Today’s cherished Collectibles,  Tomorrow’s cherished antiques”.   The first 10 years in business we sold my dolls at doll shows up and down the east coast.  Later when we started selling my dolls on the internet, he encouraged me to get a website and our name changed to “Dolls by Mary Benner” to make it easier for people to find me online.   Allen was very important to DBMB,  he poured all my molds,  helped me string doll bodies when needed,  he was the photographer that took all those beautiful photos of my dolls, he carefully packed all my dolls for shipping and helped & advised me with many business decisions.  It’s going to be very difficult without him,  he did so much for me in many many ways.   I will miss him always.


As for me,  I will be selling our lovely home,  it is way too big for me to take care of by myself & too lonely to live here without him.  So I will be moving to a smaller place.  I will be taking at least a 6 month break from doll making to get my affairs in order, however I plan to resumed making dolls once I am settled again.  I will be focusing in the future on smaller dolls. I do have two Brus still available on this website,  Lavinia and Madeline if anyone is interested,  I am hoping they will sell before I have to move.


Thank you all for you kind words throughout this difficult time.

God Bless,

Mary Benner