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Mary L. Birky Bender
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Birth: Apr. 23, 1909
Death: Dec. 26, 2004

Mary Lavanda Bender was born April 23, 1909 near Parnell, Iowa the daughter of Christian and Magdalena (Kauffman) Birky. On February 19, 1933 she was united in marriage to Edwin C. Bender in Cedar Rapids. They made their home in the Wellman and Kalona communities. Mary was a homemaker and she worked in the office at the Kalona Sale Barn for 27 years. She was a member of the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years and was active in the sewing circle. Her hobbies were sewing, quilting, crocheting, gardening and reading. Mary went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 26, 2004 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City following a sudden illness at the age of 95 years. Mary is survived by 2 daughters - Shirley Yoder and husband Daniel Keith of Wellman; Karen Leidig and husband Wilbur of Lansdale, Pennsylvania; 8 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter Janice; 5 brothers - Harry, Eli, Walter, Francis, William; and 3 sisters - Ida Fosbeck, Blanche Williams and Catherine Nissen.
A Memorial fund has been established for Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, Iowa Mennonite School and the Pleasantview Home.
Funeral Service: December 29, 2004 at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church
Interment: Lower Deer Creek Cemetery
 
 
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 Parents:
  Christian Birky (1871 - 1947)
  Magdalena Kauffman Birky (1870 - 1969)
 
 Spouse:
  Edwin Christian Bender (1903 - 1981)
 
 Children:
  Janice Marie Bender Kauffman (1933 - 1981)*
 
 Siblings:
  Harry Birky (1896 - 1982)*
  Eli J Birky (1898 - 1982)*
  Walter Birky (1902 - 1976)*
  Francis Birky (1903 - 1962)*
  Catherine Birky Nissen (1905 - 1995)*
  William Birky (1907 - 1964)*
  Mary L. Birky Bender (1909 - 2004)
  Blanche Birky Williams (1912 - 1989)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lower Deer Creek Cemetery
Kalona
Johnson County
Iowa, USA
 
Maintained by: J Anthony
Originally Created by: Tom Crago
Record added: Sep 23, 2007
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Mary L. <i>Birky</i> Bender
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May The Lord bless you and keep you. May The Lord shine His face upon you and be gracious unto you. May The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen!
- Gerhardt Leffler
 Added: May. 3, 2009
 
 
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