Maxine Bender, 89, of Sunnyside passed away on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in Sunnyside.

She was born May 5, 1923 in Prosser, the daughter of Hugh and Ida (Matthews) Lyons. She had six sisters and one brother.

Maxine went to school at Juanita School in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside is where she spent most of her life. She was married to Henry Bender for 50 yrs. They had two children; a daughter, Bonnie Elaine Bender and a son, Henry Paul Bender (who died at birth).

She loved to quilt, fish and camp with her husband.

She also volunteered and received many awards for her work at the Sunnyside Museum.

She attended and was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Sunnyside.

She is survived by her sister, Bernice Duke; her daughter, Bonnie (Harry) Bender-Gallagher; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to sign Maxine's on-line memorial book may do so at Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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