JoAnn E. Bender, 55, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, passed away suddenly on July 23, 2013. JoAnn was born in Woodbury, NJ on June 2, 1958. She moved to Florida in 1970 where she graduated from South Plantation High School. JoAnn moved to Northern Palm Beach County and has resided there since 1984. JoAnn was married to Scott Bender on December 25, 2007; they were together for 16 years. JoAnn was a homemaker and loving mother to her daughters and worked in medical billing for Dr. Kabinoff in his Jupiter and Stuart offices for 12 years. She enjoyed going to the beach, gardening, and other artistic and creative endeavors. According to her friends and family, she enjoyed cooking and was amazing at preparing great meals. She was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Palm Beach Gardens. JoAnn is lovingly remembered by her husband, Scott Bender, daughters, Bryanna Drinkwater (Scott Drinkwater) and Mackenzie Rawe, Stepdaughter, Kelly Burgess (David Burgess), mother, Dorothy Budd, sisters, Dorothy Gardner (Keith Gardner) and Sandra Budd, other family members and many friends. JoAnn is preceded in death by her father, Scott Budd. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at The Moose Lodge on August 10th, 2013 at 4pm. 3600 RCA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to Scott Bender at 4245 Honeysuckle Ave, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 for distribution to charities in JoAnn's name. Condolences for the family can be offered online at

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from July 28 to July 31, 2013