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Irene Creech Bender died Sept. 21, 2015, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. She was 90.

Born in Wilmington on Aug. 3, 1925, she was a daughter of the late John and Sadie Brogan.

Irene was preceded in death by her beloved late husband, Carl Bender; first husband, Louis Creech; cherished daughter, Faye Creech Marlowe; sisters, Lillian Gainey and Katherine Forbis; brothers, John Brogan and Billy Brogan; and stepchildren, Frances Creech Fincannon, Marie Creech Platter, Louise Creech Hardy, Cecil Creech and Lewis Creech.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her sons, Gene (Geralene) Creech and Ray (Dandy) Creech; grandchildren, David Marlowe, Berry Marlowe, Gene Creech Jr., Kelly Creech Smith, Andy Creech, Barry Creech, Teddy Marlowe, Freddy Marlowe and Martie Marlowe; brother, Bobby (Faye) Barefoot; stepson, Charles (Carol) Creech; 10 step-grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; as well as many special nieces and nephews.

She was known and loved by family and friends as “Granny.” Her love for children brought her great joy. She was independent and proudly led her life on her own terms.

Sister Bender was a faithful member of the Apostolic Tabernacle for many years. The family appreciates the love, support and generosity of her church family. She also had many special friends among her neighbors on Little John Circle. She will be missed by all.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, at Apostolic Tabernacle, 712 Wellington Ave., Wilmington, NC 28401, officiated by Pastor L.E. Logue. The family will receive friends for visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be members of Apostolic Tabernacle.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Apostolic Tabernacle Building Fund.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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