KALONA — Elizabeth Bender, 90, of Kalona, left the loving arms of her family to be embraced by her Lord and Saviour on February 2, 2013. She is survived by her husband, John, of 64 years, and her daughter and son-in-law, Bob and Dorothy Simmering, and her sister-in-law and friend, Elva Bender. One of Elizabeth’s greatest joys was visiting with and talking about four grandchildren, Marcia (Steve) Dickerson of Ruston, LA, Nathan and Jennifer Simmering of Muscatine, IA, Vanessa (Andy) Best of Madison, WI, and Erin (Grant) Elliott of West Branch. She was especially proud of her 8 great-grandchildren ages 1 through 9.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 8 at 10:00 AM at the First Christian Church at 301 W. 2nd, Washington, IA. A time of fellowship will follow the service with lunch being served. The family requests memorial donations through the church in Elizabeth’s name in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com.