|Birth: ||Jan. 4, 1920|
|Death: ||Feb. 19, 1995|
Funeral services for Eunice Pearl Bender, 75, will be at 1 PM Friday at the Cherokee Friends Church with the Rev. Dave Emery officiating. Burial will be in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery directed by Goodwin Funeral Home. She died February 19, 1995 at the home of her daughter in Arvada, Colorado.
She was born January 4, 1920 to Eli and Barbara Hostetler Ridgway in Alva. She grew up on a farm near Alva and attended Alva schools. She attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University for 1 1/2 years.
She married Wayne M. Bender on October 27, 1939. They built a new home on a farm West of Cherokee where they lived the rest of their lives. The farm had been homesteaded by Wayne's uncle in the Cherokee Strip Run. They farmed both the Bender land and rented land in Colorado from 1953 to 1974. They lived in Colorado for that period of time, moving back to Cherokee in 1974. Her husband died June 13, 1978.
She was a member of the Cherokee Friends Church, Farmerettes Extension Group and a past member of the Senior Study Club.
She is survived by five daughters, Rosemary Habenicht of Fort Collins, Colorado, Barbara Jenkins of Arvado, Colorado, Shirley Huffer of Mesa, Arizona, Sue Willard of Springfield, Missouri, and Janet Kimery of Irving, Texas; one son, Lloyd Bender of Collinsville, Illinois; six brothers, her twin Enos Ridgway, Eli (Skeet) Ridgway and Jim Ridgway, all of Alva, Eric Ridgway of Enid, John Ridgway of Fort Worth, Texas, and Ben Ridgway of Pasadena, Texas; three sisters, Frances Gibson and Lucile Sander, both of Fairview, and Helen Ridgway of Whittier, California; 20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two grandsons.
Memorials may be given in her honor to the church through the funeral home.
Eli C Ridgway (1873 - 1950)
Barbara J Hostetter Ridgway (1880 - 1965)
Wayne M. Bender (1907 - 1978)
Helen Ruth Ridgway (1908 - 1998)*
Eric Rudolph Ridgway (1912 - 2003)*
Eli Hostetler Ridgway (1915 - 1998)*
Josephine Ridgway (1919 - 1919)*
Enos V Ridgway (1920 - 2014)*
Eunice Pearl Ridgway Bender (1920 - 1995)
James L Ridgway (1923 - 1999)*
Cherokee Municipal Cemetery
Plot: First Addition, Block 3, Row 8, Lot 1
Created by: Tim
Record added: Dec 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102223876