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Myrna A Bender

November 26, 1938 — September 3, 2021

Myrna A. Bender, age 82, went to be with our Lord and Savior and entered eternal life on September 3rd 2021.

Myrna was born on November 26th, 1938 to Albert and Bernice Wanous in Pine City, MN. After graduating form High school Myrna spent her time traveling with her girlfriends. Myrna loved to explore new places and had many stories to tell about all her fun and silly experiences.

Myrna went on to the next chapter in her life, marrying James K. Bender. Myrna always said that James gave her the best three things in life, her children. Myrna and James moved from Pine City to Red Wing, MN to raise their children.

Later in life Myrna pursued her passion of helping others. Myrna was proud to take up nursing school and became an L.P.N. She cared for countless patients over her career in Minnesota and Colorado. She continuously had many stories to share about the work of caring for others. Throughout her career she often expressed gratitude for the work of her personal care assistants. She would say she could of never did the job without them.

Myrna’s passion for caring for people did not stop at work. Myrna moved back to Minnesota from Colorado in the late 90’s to care for her parents. Myrna loved her family dearly. She also cared for her son who struggled with mental illness over the years. Myrna spent her spare time with her grandchildren. She adored them all greatly. Myrna and all her grandkids would spend time having picnics at various parks, swimming, going to outings like the zoo and teaching them all about our Lord and Savior. Being a grandma and a great grandma was the greatest joy of her life.

Myrna spent her later years enjoying all of God’s creations. When she wasn’t busy chasing the chipmunks away from her bird feeder, she would enjoy the nature that surrounded her home.

Myrna enjoyed spending time with her brother’s and sister’s in Christ and her family. She always enjoyed people and sharing God’s word. The salvation of other’s was just as important to her as her own. She was a selfless woman who kept many in her daily prayers. The love she gave was pure. Her laugh was contagious, and her personality was one of a kind. Myrna was and always will be a very special lady. Myrna will live on in everyone that she has touched with her love and compassion.

Myrna is survived by her children Averal (David) Tebbe of Parker, Colorado, Otto (Lynn) Bender of River Falls, WI. She is also survived by her four grandchildren Cinnamon (Matt) McConachy, and Brandon Tebbe, of Colorado, Brittani (Horace) Williams and Cameron Bender of Minnesota, 15 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins, and many other people she called family and friends.

Myrna was preceded in death by her parents Albert A. and Bernice Wanous, brother’s Ricky and Albert L. Wanous, and her son James Timothy Bender.

Funeral services for Myrna:  11:00 AM Saturday (9/25) at Swanson Funeral Chapel with a time of visitation for friends and family one hour prior to the service at the chapel. 

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the:  Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

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