Marguerite Bender, 90

Marguerite (Higinson) Bender died at her home in Weston with her son, daughter and pastor by her side on Monday, Aug. 28. She was 90.

Ms. Bender was born on Flag Day, June 14, 1922, in Hillsdale, N.J., daughter of the late Walter Higinson and the late Margaret (Brogeler) Higinson.

She was the vice president, treasurer and co-owner of Bender’s Service Station on Broadway in Hillsdale, where she lived for 52 years. She was avidly involved in stock car racing, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Hillsdale Volunteer Fire Department, and as a chaperone and seamstress for the Valley Grenadiers Drum & Bugle Corps.

Ms. Bender moved to her country home in Halcott Center, N.Y., in 1974. She became the first woman town clerk of Halcott Center in 1984. She moved to Connecticut to live with her daughter and her family in 1996.

Ms. Bender would spend her summers in Margaretville. Her family said she always loved children and continued to be active with each of her grandchildren and their activities. She loved to crochet, make quilts, and sew.

Ms. Bender was predeceased by her former husband of 33 years, William Bender, and her brother, Walter Higinson II.

She is survived by her children and their spouses: William and Lori Bender, Warran and Donna Bender, and Marcey Bender-Trinka and Robert Trinka of Weston; her daughter-in-law, Kit Carson; her grandchildren: Wayne Bender, Jeremy Bender, Ryon Bender, Martine Trinka and Bryce Trinka; and great-grandchildren: Hailey Bender and Ethan Bender.

A private memorial service will be held at the Bender home in September in Margaretville, N.Y. A life celebration in which she took part was held on Aug. 18, 2012, in Weston.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, Wilton; the Halcott United Methodist Church, Halcott Center, N.Y.; the Westport/Weston United Methodist Church, Westport; or the Hillsdale United Methodist Church, Hillsdale, N.J.

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