Pauline Lucy Bender, 88, Russell, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 22, 1930, in Russell to Thomas and Catherine (Cheesman) Barker. She was a graduate of Russell High School.

She married Clarence Bender on March 18, 1951, in Russell. He preceded her in death May 28, 2012, in Russell. She was a seamstress for Heffel Tailor Shop, performing alterations for Banker's Mercantile.

Survivors include three sons, Alvin Bender, Abilene, Elton Bender, Salina, and Daniel Bender, Russell; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Roy Bender; a daughter, Carol Whitmer; and a grandson.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell; a private family burial will follow in Russell City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday with family present to greet guests from 6 to 7 p.m. at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to Russell Historical Society in care of the mortuary.