BENTSEN, Leona Marie (nee Vance)
November 10, 1934 - December 17, 2012
Leona Bentsen, beloved wife of Norm Bentsen of Calgary, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012 at the age of 78 years. Leona was born in the Smoky Lake Hospital, lived her early years in Waskatenau, Sedalia, Slave Lake and then in Edmonton. When her mother became ill she moved to Seattle to live with her sister Ethel and to finish her high school education. After graduating high school, she returned to Canada to work
at the Drayton Valley Hotel for her father
at which time she met her husband, a young engineer. Through their marriage years
and typical of the petroleum industry, they lived in numerous places, including Virden, Edmonton, Valleyview and finally Calgary. Leona took a strong interest in raising
her family and running the household.
Then, through her later years, her grandchildren became her special interest. Leona continued to take an interest in planning family activities, monitoring her stock portfolio and was particularly looking forward to Christmas with her family, when plans were cut short by her sudden admittance to the hospital on December 15. Besides her loving husband of fifty-six years, Leona is survived by her son Mark; daughter Sandra (Gary MacLean); five grandchildren, Carmen, Sean, Zachary, Hannah and Alyssa; as well as by her sister Vi (Glen Gibbons). She was predeceased by an infant son Murray, her mother Helen, father Everett and sister Ethel. A Private Family Celebration is planned in the New Year. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If so desired, a memorial donation may be made to your charity of choice. No flowers please. In living memory of Leona Bentsen, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2012