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Gwen Bender

October 4, 1946 - March 15, 2015


On Sunday March 15, 2015, Mrs. Gwenyth Raye Bender of Oliver passed away suddenly at the  Penticton Regional Hospital at the age of 68 years.

She was predeceased by her father William Owen Snider; her mother Ethel Vera Snider and brothers-in-law Thomas Holberton and Garry Meade.

Gwen will be fondly remembered by her husband Kenneth Bender; her daughters Marlisa, Susanne (Michael), Lindsay (Greg) and Tanis; grandsons Joel, Brandon and Grayson; sisters Cheryl (Terry), Kathy, Lorraine and Elizabeth; brothers Marlin, Larry (Paula), Rodney and Duane as well as many extended family and friends.

Over the years, Gwen worked for Transport Canada, R-Angus and as an administration assistant.

She enjoyed travelling and spent winters in Yuma, Arizona. She also liked crocheting, knitting, reading, music, swimming and boating.

Gwen was also very involved with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, genealogy research and Temple work.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday March 21, 2015 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Osoyoos, BC.

Urn interment and committal will be held at a later date in Spruce Grove, Alberta.

Donations are gratefully accepted for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos. 


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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: melanie jakobs
Relation: friend

Dear Bender Family, I was saddened to hear about Gwen’s death.Spent the last several winters with Ken and Gwen as neighbours.Gwen had a big heart and always made sure I was okay.Now my heart is hoping you are okay.Hold each other tight

From: Kim Woodworth
Relation: Niece

I am going to miss our long telephone conversations we had, your humour and charm. I am so lucky to have had such a great individual in my life. Even though we lived so far away it always felt you were so close.

I am sorry I cannot be there to celebrate your life today but you will always be in my heart and I will always treasure the time I had with you.

Uncle Ken my thoughts are with you and the family today.

From: Amy Moore
Relation: 30years

My heart is breaking for your family. Gwen or as we affectionately called her Mrs. B was one of the kindest funniest and warmest souls I have ever known and I will miss her so very much. I will carry her memory as a cherished part of myself. Your family is in my thoughts.

From: Kathy Roveredo
Relation: friend

Ken, Mario and I are so sorry to hear of Gwen’s sudden passing. Our heart goes out to you. Gwen will be so very missed Sincerely Kathy and Mario Roveredo

From: Cheryl LaBranche
Relation: Susanne's Best Friend

Eventhough I only met Gwen a couple of times, she had a wonderful heart and sense of humour. I wish the whole Bender family all my love and condolences. She will be saddly missed by all.

From: Ken bender
Relation: Husband

I miss you a lot your heart is in my life for ever you are my girl my friend my wife you are in the heart of all your children & grand children I know we will meet again

From: Ken bender
Relation: Husband

I will miss you forever I will say a pray every day you are my wife my girl&I my best friend for ever I know we will be joined together for ever I miss you so much and you are in your children’s and grand children hearts for ever I will see you in heaven

From: Sue and Lyle Woitas
Relation: friends and old neighbours

We are so sorry to hear of Gwen’s passing. She was a good friend to us over many years, through good times and sad times and we will never forget her. She had such an awesome sense of humour, could always make us laugh. We will always remember our times spent together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Stephanie Tomlinson
Relation: Tanis's life long friend

Going to miss everything about Gwen….. Our Mrs B was one of the kindest most caring ladies I’ve ever known. I will miss your stories and how you kept us girls alert and on our feet. Your contagious smile and laugh will be missed so much. Sending My love to all of you during this time xoxox you are in our hearts forever.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
March 21, 2015
Beginning at 2:00pm

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
7401 - 87th Street
Osoyoos, BC Canada

A memorial service was held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday March 21, 2015 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Osoyoos, BC.

7401 - 87th Street
Osoyoos, BC Canada

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Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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