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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.

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


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From: Tanis Michele Bender
Relation: Daughter

I miss you more & more everyday mom. You were the most amazing mother and best friend anyone could ever ask for. I love you very much. You are forever in my heart. Xoxoxox

From: Lil Meade
Relation: Sister in law

To my dear brother and family. My heart goes out to my brother and nieces. What a beautiful wife and mother. She was always a great inspiration to me. When I was going through troubled times Gwen always knew what to say. I will deeply miss her. Be strong and remember the memories. Love to all

From: Larry & Teri Hewitt
Relation: Friends

Ken & Families: We are so sorry to hear of Gwen’s passing. Please contact us when you are around so as we can meet up. Until then you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hang onto the glorious memories you have of your Wife & Mother.

From: cic lastiwka
Relation: friend

I was so sad to hear of Gwen’s passing. It is now time to reflect on how lucky we were to have known the strong, witty,and practical person Gwen was. Gwen was a great story teller that hilighted her uncanny sense of humor. It is all of this and more we will miss about Gwen. My thoughts are with the family at this time.


From: Clint and Lorry Collin
Relation: Friend and neighbors in Yuma

Out thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We knew Gwen from our time spent together in Yuma. She and Ken became special friends over the past few years as we would get together for numerous Happy Hours and pot lucks. A good neighbor and friend, she will be sadly missed by all.


Clint and Lorry Collin

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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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