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Marjorie Bender

January 25, 1923 ~ August 29, 2018

Marjorie M. Bender, 95, formerly of Wiggins and Greeley, Colorado, died August 29, 2018, in Bozeman, Montana. She was born in 1923 on a dry-land farm near Willard, Colorado, to Thomas and Anna Pomeroy, the third of four siblings. After graduating from high school in Atwood, Colorado, she attended Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, graduating with a degree in elementary education.

She married Randall Bender of New Hampton, Missouri, in Sterling, Colorado, in December 1947. They farmed and she taught in Missouri until returning to Colorado in the mid-1950s. After farming near Sterling, they and their four children moved to the Wiggins area where Randall farmed and ranched. Marjorie taught at Wiggins Elementary School for 20 years. After retirement, they lived in Greeley for 15 years, finally settling in Montana in 2008. The Benders were married for 63 years, until Randall’s death in 2010.

Marjorie was a member of Wiggins Community Church. Her love of geography and interest in the world was enhanced by hosting seven Rotary International exchange students over the years and travelling extensively abroad with Randall after retirement. Marjorie loved to read, and a favorite sweatshirt conveyed her sentiment: “So many books, so little time.”  She was very musical and taught herself to play her grandmother’s piano by ear. Throughout her later years, she enjoyed long walks, word games and artistic endeavors. Because her family was of utmost importance, Marjorie and Randall planned many memorable family reunions.

She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband, and an infant daughter, Susan.

She is survived by children, Debra (Dan) Kahl of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Janet (Richard) Keigley of Bozeman, Bradley (Andrea) Bender of Draper, Utah, and Steven (Laurie) Bender of Parker, Colorado; seven grandchildren; and five great-granddaughters.

A private family service for Marjorie will be held in summer 2019 in Colorado. Donations in Marjorie’s name may be made to Bozeman Health Foundation (memo line: Hospice), 931 Highland Blvd, Ste 3200, Bozeman, MT  59715.

 

 

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