She was born on June 24, 1947 in Londonderry, Ireland and was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Gallagher Smyth.
She was a homemaker and mother; was of the Catholic faith; and she enjoyed knitting, bingo, word puzzles, and pinochle. Her greatest joy was the love of her family. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Larry N. Bender; a daughter Leanne M., wife of Timothy Schwenk of Hershey; two sons Steven M. Bender of England, and Anthony G. Bender of Mechanicsburg; six grandchildren Tiffany and Christopher Bender, Andrew Schwenk, Dawson Barrett, Ella Grace Bender, and Alexis Rynard; three brothers Frankie, Jim and Matthew Smyth, and five sisters Moya Fletcher, Sally and Sharon Smyth, Bernadette Goslin, and Rosie Scrivener, all of England.
A Tribute to her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 9, at the Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Edward R. Lavelle officiating.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Inurnment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.
Condolences may be sent at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.