Donna Bender died March 1, 2013, in Minneola, Kan. She was 83.
A memorial service was held March 16 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dodge City, Kan. A graveside service was held April 20 at Delta City Cemetery.
Donna Mae Gardner was born in Delta July 26, 1929, to Knowell and Edith Gardner. She grew up and attended school in Delta, graduating from Delta High School in 1947. She received a music degree from Nazarene Colleges and taught music in Delta and Grants Pass, Ore., schools. After retiring, she moved to Denver.
On May 9, 2009, she married Jerry Bender at Denver First Church of the Nazarene. They lived in Denver and Minneola, Kan., and enjoyed traveling together.
Mrs. Bender is survived by her husband, Jerry; five stepchildren; 28 stepgrandchildren; 13 stepgreat-grandchildren; a niece and her family; two nephews and their families; and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Alvern and his wife Francs.blog comments powered by Disqus