Hazel Leoda (Blanton) Bender

Hazel Leoda (Blanton) Bender, 97, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, November 16, 2020 in Mena.  

She was born on October 1, 1923 in Baker Springs, Arkansas to the late Houston and Susie (Brock) Blanton. Hazel was united in marriage to Lenius Bender and they lived in Dearborn, Michigan where they had a GM Dealership for many years.  They decided they wanted to move to the South, so the GM company found them a dealership in Greenville, Texas, which they accepted and had for 20 years.  In addition to that, she owned and operated Hazel’s Antiques in Greenville.  She was a loving mother, sister, aunt and friend.

She is survived by: 

Son: Lynn Bender of San Francisco, California

Sisters: Elizabeth Hensley of Mena, Arkansas

Margie Smith of Tucson, Arizona 

Special Nephew:  Charles Hensley 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 brothers, JR Blanton and Billy Blanton, and 2 sisters, Helen McLain and Macie Moler. 

Graveside services will be Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Cemetery at Cove with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home.  Visitation will be general.

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