May 27, 2019
Audrey D. Bender, 87, of Clayton passed away Monday morning, May 27, 2019, at Samaritan Keep Home.
A calling hour will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Monday, June 3, from 1 - 2 PM followed by the funeral service at 2 PM with Pastor Donald Briant presiding. Burial will be in Clayton Cemetery following the service.
Audrey was born in Watertown on May 15, 1932, daughter of Howard and Isabel Terry Danough and she attended Clayton schools. On July 1, 1951 she married Charles R. Bender at the Clayton United Methodist Church and he passed on December 13, 2006.
She was a top selling Avon Representative for many years, receiving many Presidents Club awards, including a trip to Hawaii. She was a member of the Clayton United Methodist Church and the Colon-Couch American Legion Post 821 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed scrapbooking of local history and researching family ancestry. She and her husband Charles traveled extensively in the US and abroad. They were also founding members of the Clayton Diving Club.
Audrey is survived by her five children, Janet B. Ferguson and companion, John M. Schleher, Clayton, Dennis H. and Carol Bender, LaPush, WA, Ray P. Bender, Clayton, Holly J. and Dee Coburn, Port Angeles, WA, and Rebecca J. and Craig Dodge, Watertown; daughter-in-law, Kandy Bender, Clayton; 21 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; three siblings, Robert J. and Joyce Danough, Camden, Michael J. and Kathy Danough, CA, and Lois A. Clark and companion Joe Metzger, McConnellsville; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her husband, Charles, Audrey was predeceased by her daughter, Julie S. Bender, May 22, 2014, son, Robert C., January 27, 2019, two grandchildren, and two sisters, Sandra O. Hinckley Knight and Zellah Whattam.
In lieu of flowers donations in Audrey's name may be made to Samaritan Keep Home Activities Fund, 133 Pratt St., Watertown, NY 13601 or TIERS, P. O. Box 524, Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.