Betty Jane Bender, 90, Doneckers sales clerk, avid collector and seamstress, gifted homemaker

By on June 1, 2016

Our mom and grandmother, Betty Jane Bender, 90, of Lititz, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 26, 2016.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Augustus and Margaret Gainer Beck. She was the loving wife of the late Richard D. Bender, who died in 1987.

She was a member of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rothsville, and a sales clerk at Doneckers in Ephrata.

Betty’s greatest joy in life was being a wife and mother. Her house was known to be her favorite place, which she made into a happy home for her family. Mom will be forever missed by all of us.

Betty was a collector of many things and she enjoyed caring for her vegetable and flower gardens. Through the years, Betty used her “do-it-yourself” skills to repair things that were broken and made them useful again. She liked to crochet and was an avid sewer, making many quilts.

She is survived by two sons: Richard Bender Jr. of Lititz; Robert Bender, husband of Jo Ann Wolf, of York; a daughter: Dorothy “Dottie” Zimmerman of Lititz; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four sisters: Lillian Logeman and Mildred Stitt, both of Lititz; Miriam Farlow of Ephrata; and Mae Johnson, of Ohio.

Betty’s funeral service was held May 31 at the Buch-Heisey Funeral Home, Lititz. Interment followed in Rothsville Lutheran Cemetery.

To send online condolences to the family, visit BuchHeisey.com. Buch-Heisey Funeral Home, Lititz, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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