Mary Palma Bender passed peacefully on Nov, 2nd 2013 in her home in Chandler AZ. Mary was born in Jersey City, NJ April, 8th 1933 to Italian immigrants Ralph Cignarelli and Mary Taglarino. Mary and Carl Bender married in 1980 and moved to AZ where they started their new adventure together. She retired from Arizona State University in 1997. Mary was a member of the American Legion Post 35 Chandler AZ. Mary loved Jesus Christ and is now and forever in His presence. She is survived by her husband Carl, two sisters: Jean Levie, Long Island, N.Y. and Millie Gerado, Jersey City, N.J., six children: Catherine Cignarelli, Tempe, AZ., James Hynes, Phoenix, AZ , Edward Hynes, Chandler, AZ., Charles West, Dublin, Ireland, Jeffery Bender, Tampa FL, Christopher Bender, Temecula CA. Mary has nine grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. As Mary would always say "God Loves You". Mary will truly be missed by everyone that she has touched. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Friday, November 15, 2013 at Valley of the Sun Mortuary, 10940 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler, Arizona.