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Margaret "Susie" Bender

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Margaret "Susie" Bender Obituary
FLAT ROCK-Margaret "Susie" Drake Bender, age 76 of Flat Rock died Tuesday, May 20th, 2015 at the Elizabeth House. Mrs. Bender was born December 29th, 1938 in Transylvania County, the daughter of the late E.C. Huggins, Jr. and Kathleen P. Huggins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur E. Bender.
A longtime resident of Henderson County; Mrs. Bender attended Hendersonville High School and she was employed with Wachovia Bank for over 20 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville. She was always active in the community in which she lived; Susie served as a past chair member of Eliada Home in Asheville. She served as a board member of the community foundation and in her younger years, she participated in the Hendersonville Junior Women's Club and Junior Welfare. She served as a scout leader and Red Cross swimming instructor. Susie enjoyed visiting Myrtle Beach; she was a wonderful hostess, loved cooking, and entertaining her family and friends in her beautiful home for all occasions and holidays.
Susie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gregory and Anne Drake of Newnan, GA; her two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathryn and J. Michael Rabb of Marion, and Cynthia and Dr. Robert Chase of Truckee, CA; eight grandchildren, Tyler, Kyle, Cooper, and Cassie O'Neal, J. Seth and M. Chelsea Koon of Asheville, Sarah Grace and Otarrison Drake; and her seven great-grandchildren; and her faithful companions, Angel and Holly.
A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 28th, 2015 in the Brunson Chapel of the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville conducted by Reverend Dan Martin and Reverend Christy Sharp.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Susie's memory be directed to the Blue Ridge Humane Society, 88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28739; or to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on May 27, 2015
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