Helen Genieve Bender, 93, of Sandyville, departed this life on Wednesday, October 16,2019, after a lengthy illness.

Helen was born January 2nd, 1926 in Sandyville, WV, daughter of the late Ollie and Pearl (Maddox) Wilson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Samuel Vaughn Bender, Marietta OH &Sedona AZ, sister, Lillian (Riggs) Atwell, and nephew Gerald Wallace Riggs.  

She is survived by her step-son The Rev. John C. Bender, (Lynda), Cocoa FL, step-daughter, Helen (Bender) Thomas, (Wayne), Charlotte, NC, a niece, Beverly A. Douglas, Summerfield, FL, and nephews, Edward Devon Riggs and Lowell DeWayne Riggs both of Sandyville, and dear friends Nadine (Jeff) Seavers of Sandyville, Joe Crouch of Sandyville, Debbie Rogers, (Danny) of Parkersburg, WV and Tommy Nutter (Diane) Sandyville.

Helen was employed as Office Manager of the Parkersburg branch of Blue Cross/Blue Shield until her retirement.  She loved travel and lived in Wisconsin, Colorado, Arizona, Florida, Ohio, and West Virginia. She was an avid square dancer and danced with many clubs throughout the US including Hawaii. She was a passionate collector of Mid Ohio Valley area hand blown art glass.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00AM, Saturday, November 30th at Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, WV with Rev. John C. Bender officiating. A funeral procession will leave Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV for the cemetery at 10:30AM.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Eldercare Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing, Ripley, WV.

Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, is serving the Bender family.  

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting castofuneralhome.com.