Pamela Kaye Bender

March 18, 1973 – Nov. 7, 2018

Pamela Kaye Bender,

45, Harvey, ND died

Wednesday, November 7,

2018 at the St. Aloisius

Nursing Home, Harvey,


Services will be held at

2:00 p.m. on Saturday,

November 10, 2018 at the

Martin Baptist Church,

Martin, ND. Burial will be

in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fri-

day, November 9 at Hertz

Funeral Home, Harvey,


Pamela Kaye Bender

was born on March 18,

1973 in Cavalier, ND. On

May 11, 1973 she was

adopted by Royce and

Cleo (Eckart) Bender. She

grew up on the family

farm east of Martin. It was

there where she especially

enjoyed her horses and

other farm animals. Pam

accepted Jesus as her Lord

and Savior and was bap-

tized in the Martin Baptist

Church, where she be-

came a member. Pam at-

tended the BM Hanson

Elementary School in Har-

vey. Pam was diagnosed

with leukodystrophy at

the age of 15 at the Mayo

Clinic. She enjoyed band

and choir and being the

Hornet mascot for a time.

Pam graduated from the

Harvey High School in


She attended the Inter-

state Business College in

Bismarck and worked at K

Mart and at a restaurant

while living in the

Bismarck and Mandan


Pam was once married

to Mike Erickson and they

lived in both the Bismarck

– Mandan and Sioux

Falls, SD. Pam attended

the Trinity Church in

Sioux Falls. The church

helped her greatly as her

health deteriorated. Be-

cause of a stroke, Pam

moved back to Harvey in

November 2008 where

she has lived in the St.

Aloisius Nursing Home

until the time of her


Pam is survived by her

daughters, Kayellynn

Bender of Harvey, Brianna

Smoot of Sioux Falls; son,

Michael Erickson of Sioux

Falls; mother, Cleo

Bender of Harvey; broth-

er, Bradley and his wife

Becky Bender of Kelowna,

British Columbia.

Pam was preceded in

death by her father Royce;

grandparents, Edwin and

Martha Bender, and Hel-

muth and Mary Eckart.

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