Frances Joan Bender, 78 passed away Saturday October 18, 2014 at her home in Princeton.

She was born January 17, 1936 in Princeton to William Russell and Mary Elizabeth (Welman) Powell. 

Joan was a homemaker and had lived in Princeton most of her life. She enjoyed going out to eat, shopping, and watching TV. 

She is survived by a sister, Margaret Ann Young of Evansville; a cousin, caregiver and best friend, Pat Morrison of Princeton. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold Bender in 2006, sister, Brenda Sue Deffendall, 3 brothers, William Russell, Robert Leon, and Johnathan David Powell. 

Funeral services will be held at the graveside 10 a.m. Wednesday October 22, 2014, at Blythe Chapel Cemetery near Owensville, with Rev. Chris Neikirk officiating. Burial will follow the services. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery for services. Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton has been entrusted with arrangements.