OBITUARY

Willie Mae Fender

November 13, 1923February 11, 2021
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Willie Mae (Puterbaugh) Fender, 97, of Muncie, passed away at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born on Tuesday, November 13, 1923, the daughter of Jesse Puterbaugh and Reva (Martin) Puterbaugh. Willie Mae graduated from Muncie Central High School in 1941. She married Glen Fender in 1942 and they shared thirty-seven years together.

Willie Mae began her career by working at Durham in the payroll department for fifteen years, until it closed. Then she worked for fifteen years at Marhoeffer Computer Center until she retired from there. Then she worked in the computer department at Ball State University for twenty years, and then retired at age seventy-five.

Willie Mae loved to travel, play BINGO, and bowl. She was a member of the Muncie Bowling Hall of Fame. She continued bowling until she was ninety-three years old. She was also a fifty year member of the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary FOE 231. Willie Mae enjoyed going to the casino, and she enjoyed sports. She was a huge Pacer fan and Cubs fan.

Willie Mae is survived by two daughters: Sandra Jack and Glenna Foster; daughter-in-law, Geneva Fender; fifteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren; twenty-five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen; parents, Jesse and Reva Puterbaugh; two sons, James Fender Sr., and Paul Fender; and three sisters, Violet Moore, Barbara Lambert, and Mary Jane Miller.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 17, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Elm Ridge Funeral Home, 4600 West Kilgore Avenue, Muncie, Indiana 47304. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, masks are required as well as social distancing.

Private funeral services for family will be held Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at Elm Ridge Funeral Home. Rusty Clements will officiate. Burial will be in Elm Ridge Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to Eaton Community Food Pantry, 816 1/2 East Harris Street, Eaton, Indiana 47338.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.elmridgefuneralhome.com for the Fender family.

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    Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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Julayne Sinicki

February 16, 2021

So sad to hear of the passing of aunt Willie Mae. She was such a loving and kind person and always treated me and my family so special. I always enjoyed her visits with her daughters when she came to see my Mom (her sister) in North Carolina. Also enjoyed time with her at the yearly family reunions! I am inspired by her stamina to keep bowling, well into her 90’s! Will miss her bright smile and infectious laugh and sense of humor! She will forever be in my heart and I will pass on pictures and memories to my children and grandchildren so her memory will live on in my family. Much love and prayers to Sandy, Glenna and all the family as they endure and move through this time of loss and grief. May her love and the many wonderful memories you have of her give you great comfort, as it will me and my family. Love and blessings to all the Fender and Puterbaugh family,
Julayne Sinicki

(granddaughter to Jesse Dewey Puterbaugh, daughter of Mary Jane Miller, niece to aunt Willie Mae Fender)

Kathleen Thorpe

February 16, 2021

We were in Civic Theatre together. . My mother was a teacher who taught at Redkey, Indiana. Some of my family worked for Ball State as well.
I just want to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family for their loss.

Kathleen (Wall) Thorpe

Deb Norris

February 15, 2021

I bowled with Willa for several years! Even in her 80's she out bowled regularly! She will be missed by many! Every time it thunders I will think of you!





Robert Patty

February 12, 2021

So sorry to hear of the loss of aunt Willie Mae. My heart goes out to the surviving daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren & great great grandchildren. She was a special lady. I'm glad the last few years I got to spend time with her & Sandy over a couple dinners & suppers in Muncie. God Bless you all. You are in my prayers for comfort at this sad time. Love, Bobby

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