Ruth A. Bender (Crawford), 72, of New Sewickley Township, passed away on September 23, 2019 in her home, after a long battle with ALS, which she fought bravely until the very end. She was born on February 18, 1947, the daughter of the late John Curtis Crawford and Ruby (Weaver) Crawford-Holiday. Ruth was a graduate of Rochester High School and worked as a secretary to the Board of Directors and CEO at Heritage Valley Health Systems, where she retired from.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ed Bender; 3 children, Shane (Julie) Bender of Monaca, Shelby Heavens of Rochester, and Nathan (Teresa) Bender of Mechanicsburg; 6 grandchildren, Tilynn (Chelsea) Dawson, Callum Heavens, Koryn and Adin Bender, and Isabella and Adalyn Bender; and a great granddaughter, Madison Brown.
Ruth is also survived by 2 siblings, Barbara Crawford of Pittsburgh, and John (Anita) Crawford of Seattle, WA; a sister-in-law, Shirley Rosinek of San Bernardino, CA; 2 nephews, Rick and Seth Smith of CA; and a beloved Aunt Margaret Peg Love; Monaca.
Ruth’s family would like to give a special thank you to the ALS Association Western PA Chapter for all of their support. Memorial contributions, if desired, can be mailed to the ALS Association 416 Lincoln Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15209.
A public memorial service will be held on Sunday October 6, at 2:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Beaver (252 College Avenue).