Medical 06

Elaine Kay (Painter) Bender

June 14, 1954 ~ December 25, 2020 (age 66)


Elaine Kay Bender, 66, of Boonville, Indiana, (formerly of Mt. Carmel) passed away Friday, December 25, 2020, at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, following a one-month battle with Covid-19.


Kay was born June 14, 1954, the daughter of Gilbert Blaine and Elizabeth Louise (Reisinger) Painter in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  She graduated from Mt. Carmel High School.  Kay married Michael D. Bender on September 1, 1973 in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.


She dedicated her life to helping others.  In her second act, Kay returned to college and obtained a registered nursing degree.  She loved taking care of patients, especially those with mental health issues.  Her kindness and patience were without limits.  She also took care of those around her and will be missed immensely by those whose lives she touched.  Kay was a member of the Free Methodist Church.


Kay is survived by her spouse Michael; four children, Jason Bender, Jessica Daniels, Julie Bender and Joshua Bender; granddaughter, Madison Daniels; and siblings Ann Painter and Doug Painter.


She was preceded in death by her parents.


At her request, no service will be held.


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