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Dunn, Mary Bender, Age 70

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Date of Birth: 07/27/1946

Date of Death: 07/14/2017

Services: Graveside Service Friday (8-4-17) 9:30 AM at Calvary Cemetery with a Memorial Service at 11:00 AM at the John A. Gentleman 72nd Street Chapel, Omaha, Nebraska.

Memorials: The family suggests memorial donations to Little White Dog Rescue and the University of Nebraska Foundation supporting the Loree Bykerk Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1010 Lincoln Mall Ste. 300, Lincoln, Ne  68508

She was born to Robert F. Bender and Elizabeth Ramsey Bender in Omaha July 27, 1946. Mary moved to La Jolla, California as a teen and attended college at Santa Clara University and UCLA. Mary raised her daughters while living in San Diego and returned to Omaha in 1991. She renewed childhood friendships from her days attending school at St. Margaret Mary School. She and her friends were collectively and infamously known as “The Girls.” Mary worked as an administrative assistant in the UNO English and Political Science Departments where she was dearly loved by faculty, staff, and students alike. Mary is survived by her daughters, Jennifer (Taig) Hoeger and Molly Dunn; brother, William (Claudia) Bender; cousins, dear nieces and nephews, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Robert F. Bender, Jr. and his wife, Gabrielle. Mary’s daughters give heartfelt thanks to her Omaha cousins, Mollie Foster and Carol Ramsey, for their unending support during her illness. Mary will be remembered by all who loved her for her quiet strength and kindness.

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  • Alison Winter

    Dear Taig and Molly,
    I was not officially one of the "Girls", but I did love connecting with your mother on my trips to Omaha, when everyone would get together over coffee or lunch or dinner. She had such a kind heart, and we spoke about living life fully when her cancer returned.
    She will be so missed by all of our Duchesne classmates, many of whom also went to St. Margaret Mary's.
    I am so very sorry for your loss.
    Alison Winter

  • Jody Neathery-Castro

    Mary was the kind of co-worker who quickly became a friend. Loyal, generous, and kind to those she cared about, she told the funniest stories and was also quick to laugh at the absurdities of life. We tried to keep her from retiring -- in fact she came out of retirement at least twice to help us out in our office when we were in a bind. I wish we could call her back again. We will miss her dearly.

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