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WEST RUPERT -- Gertrude “Betty” Bentley peacefully passed away on Nov. 5, 2006, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. She was surrounded by her loving family and an extremely caring medical and nursing staff.

Betty was born on Oct. 30, 1914, in Biddeford, Maine, the only child of Percy and Ethel Tate. She was married to Theodore Bentley of West Rupert.

Lawrence Grant Jr. and his wife, Pat, of Manchester, were very close to mother. She called Pat her third girl. Lawrence has three children; Marlene, Lynn and Woody. Lucinda (Cindi) and her husband, Sam Chavez, of Marysville, Calif., were the “trucking connection” for mother. Betty loved to talk to Cindi on the cell phone as she made her way across the miles in her “Big Rig.” It filled her nights with great adventures. They have two children, Derrick and Shanna. Deborah (Debbie) and her husband, Herb McClain, live in Greenville, N.C. Debbie entertained with many stories of soccer fields and her boys; Jared and Justin. All of her children were at her side when she went to join Ted.

Her children blessed Betty with seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. They were the light of her life and spent many happy hours helping with chores around the farm, always listening as Gramma’s told stories about “the good old days.”

Betty loved all kinds of needlework and handicrafts. She always had a crocheting hook, knitting needles or an embroidery hoop in her hands, creating many beautiful things. Being a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, she donated one of her afghans which proved to be a significant fundraiser for their scholarship fund. She was an active member of the Home Dem Group, serving as vice president for several years, as well as being a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Graveside services will be held at Rupert Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Paul Mychack officiating. Immediately following the service, there will be a celebration of her life, with refreshments provided, at the Congregational Church in Rupert. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Rupert Fire Department, c/o Brewster Funeral Service, PO Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255 per Betty’s request.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 8, 2006
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