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Freda Louise Benderman (née Ruark) (October 4, 1948 - December 4, 2015) was the second child and second daughter of Garrett Ruark and Ethel Ruark.

She was the sister of Pamela Peters, Evelyn Ruark, Kathie Arnold , Garrett Ruark, Jr., Carolyn Hutchins and Michelle Duggar.

She was the ex-wife of Thomas Benderman and the mother of their three children, Johnnie, Leslie and Andre.

Early life

Freda Louise Ruark was born on October 4, 1948, to Garrett Ruark and Ethel Ruark. She was the couple's second child and they went on the have five more children after her.

Freda most likely attended Westwood Elementary School in Springdale, Arkansas. She most likely attended Springdale High School.


She was married to Thomas Benderman from 1970 to 1986.


The couple has three children.

Their first child, daughter Johnnie Melanie, was born on May 9, 1964. She is married and has two children.

Their second child, daughter Leslie Mae, was born on June 1, 1966. She is married to Russell Mountain. They have five children.

Their third child, son Andre Thomas, was born on April 16, 1972.