1925 - 2023

It is with heavy hearts the family announces the passing of Martha Marie Bender on Saturday, December 30th, 2023 at the age of 98 years.  She was predeceased by her husband, Stan (2007); parents, Jacob and Mary Temple; sisters: Anne, Elsie (John), and Irene (Fred); in-laws: Jacob and Margaret, Ernie and Clara, Gus and Winnie, Annie and Herman, Sophie and Gottlieb, Robert and Lorraine, and Les and Mavis.  Martha will be sadly missed by her sons: Gerald (Dianne), Daryl (Lorenda), and Earl (Dawn); grandchildren: Brad, Tia, Chelsey (Marco), Saraleah (Houston), Terry (Crystal), Lisa (Tyler), Yarnel (Kris), and Brooke (Brett); great-grandchildren: Aaron, Connor, Adrianna, Ryan, Julia, Hayden, Riley, Kinley, Kenton, Austin, Ellis and Kane; and sister, Viola Temple. 

Martha was born in Neudorf, SK on July 20th, 1925.  She loved helping her father on the family farm and after marrying Stan, moved to a farm of their own.  They moved to Wolseley, then Regina, SK and settled in Moose Jaw upon retiring.  Martha was a woman of strong faith and was dedicated to God and the church.  She was an active athlete who loved to watch every sport, including wrestling!  She was an avid knitting, needlepoint and petit point enthusiast, seamstress and baker.  She was the winner of the Regina Queen City Exhibition with her wonderful cinnamon buns. 

The Bender family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Pioneer Lodge for the exceptional care Martha received.  The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 4th, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 15 Paul Drive, Moose Jaw, SK.  Pastor Gerald Bender will officiate and interment will take place in Rosedale Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Martha’s name may be made to the Moose Jaw Humane Society, Box 1658 Station Main, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 7K7. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane.  Gary McDowell, Funeral Director 306-693-4550