Donna Mae Bender, 83, died Friday, March 1, 2013 at Minneola District Hospital.
Donna Mae Bender, 83, died Friday, March 1, 2013 at Minneola District Hospital. She was born July 26, 1929 at Delta, Colo. to parents, Nowell and Edith Mae (Patterson) Gardner. She was a resident of Minneola since 2009. Donna was a retired music teacher. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Dodge City and the Minneola Civic Connection. On May 9, 2009, she married Jerome R. Bender in Centennial, Colo. Survivors are her husband, Jerome; nephews, Stan and Rick Gardner of Denver; niece, Debbie Tyson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two step-sons, Joel and Eric Bender; three step-daughters, Rhonda Feucht, Eva Baldwin and Ann Timbs; 28 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother Alvern Gardner, Jr. Memorial Service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Dodge City. Rev. Randall Jahnke will be officiating. Inurnment services will be at a later date in Delta, Colo. Memorials are suggested to Minneola Music Dept. c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.