Janet Esther BENTLEY
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BENTLEY, Janet Esther (nee Covey)
Janet, beloved wife of David Bentley of Edmonton, AB passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 29, 2018 having achieved the age of 90 years.
Janet is survived by her children Bruce (Carol), Jennifer (Mike) Elliott and Carolyn (Jay) Reid.
She will be forever remembered by her seven grandchildren Cale and Jase Bentley, Lauren and Matthew Elliott, Afton, Paris and Eden Reid along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Janet was predeceased by her parents William and Esther Covey, her sister Shirley and brothers Kenneth, Ralph, William Jr. and Alan.
Life for Janet began in Biggar, Saskatchewan with frequent visits to the farm of Uncle Jim who gave her an appreciation and love for poetry at an early age. Part of a railroad family, she moved to Edmonton with them to attend the University of Alberta and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, then attended McTavish Business College. She worked for Imperial Oil Marketing in Edmonton, J. Arthur Rank in London, England and A. L. Trowbridge, the original developers of Sherwood Park.
In 1950 she met her future husband David Bentley at a wedding in Westlock, AB. They married in 1956 and celebrated 62 happy years together with a closely knit family.
Janet believed strongly in giving back to the community and did so by volunteering with many community groups, including the: Art Gallery of Alberta, Banff School of Advanced Management (the first female representative), Citadel Theatre, Devonian Gardens, Junior League-President 1967, University Alberta Board of Governors and Senate.
She funded the Janet Bentley Gallery at the new Art Gallery of Alberta in 2005 and with David established a Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Alberta and a Family Fund at the Edmonton Community Foundation. In 2016, she and David established the David and Janet Bentley High School Excellence Award under the Chartered Professional Accountants Education Foundation.
Family brought immense joy to Janet; she cherished time spent with her children and was thrilled to attend her grandchildren's many sporting events or arts recitals. She had an excellent sense of humour, sharing lots of laughs and joking with her siblings while playing Hearts, the Covey family game of choice.
Janet treasured the extensive time she and David spent exploring the world with late friends Bill and Dorothy Astle on numerous European travels. One vacation highlight was a fun filled Adriatic cruise in 2010 with our entire family of 15. Many Christmases in Palm Desert, California together created wonderful memories for all of us.
Janet had a love for education, collecting art and antiques, golf and bridge.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Citadel Theatre, the David and Janet Bentley Fund at Edmonton Community Foundation or a charity of choice.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Caregivers of Devonshire Mews for their love and kindness, as well as Dr. Gary Samycia for his compassion.
A Celebration of Janet's Life will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at St Paul's United Church 11526 – 76 Ave Edmonton, AB.




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Published in Calgary Herald from Apr. 4 to Apr. 7, 2018.
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16 entries
April 20, 2018
My condolences to you, Dave and your family with your loss. I'm sorry that I will not be at the celebration of Janet's life as I am in Toronto on business. Thanking of you.

Don Paulencu
April 18, 2018
Bruce, Carol and family - I am so sorry for your loss and am thinking of you at this difficult time.

Maxine Klak
Maxine Klak
April 8, 2018
Bruce,Jennifer, Carolyn. I got to hang with your Mom occasionally, at the ladies lunches for the past few years with my Mom too. How lucky i feel to have had some time with the girls. Your Mom was a gem.
Donna Assaly xo
April 8, 2018
Think of you, Jennifer, Carolyn & Bruce, during this time of loss.

Jackie & Michael Bernard
Jackie Bernard
April 6, 2018
Very sorry for your loss!
Richard, Peter Zukiwski
Richard N. Zukiwski
April 5, 2018
My many memories of Jan date back to the 1950's when we were friends and co-workers at Imperial Oil. We kept in touch and our lunches in later years were very special. Her passing is a great loss to family and community.
Kay Magee (Schroter)
April 5, 2018
On behalf of the CPA Education Foundation, I extend the Foundation's condolences to the Bentley family. Mrs. Bentley was a profoundly kind, generous, thoughtful person. We are sure that her passing is deeply felt by everyone in her life, though she leaves a long-lasting legacy of a life exceptionally well-lived.
Gordon Turtle
April 4, 2018
To the Bentley Family,
I have many fond memories of Mrs. Bentley from our younger years.. Thinking of all of you.

Laura Goss (Irwin)
Laura Goss (Irwin)
April 4, 2018
Bruce Carol and family, so sorry to read of your loss. You take care.
David & Sue Rothwell
April 4, 2018
I was fortunate to meet Jan on several occasions as she was a dear friend to my grandmother, Bonnie Loder. I grew up thinking that my grandmother had pretty lovely and impressive friends, and Jan certainly embodied that! I also appreciated how the "lovely ladies" seemed to laugh often and have fun! Jan's kindness and warm smile will be remembered.
Emmy Stuebing
April 4, 2018
Our sympathies are with you all right now. Janet was a remarkable lady.
tracy Aisenstat
April 4, 2018
To Carolyn and Family:
We are so sorry for your loss, she was a classy lady and will be missed.
May she live in your memories forever.
Our condolences.
Doug & Helen Morrice
Doug & Helen Morrice
April 4, 2018
Hello David:
Our condolences on the loss of your wife.
My wife Ann used to see her and talk with her when she shopped at Woodwards.
Your cousin Gordon Bentley; son of George Bentley.
April 4, 2018
Bruce, Carol and family, I am so very saddened to hear of your mother's passing. She was a wonderful lady and I'm honored to have met her on numerous occassions over the years. Heartfelt sympathy to you both and your whole family.
Loreli and John
April 4, 2018
Sending our sympathies to all. Rick, Nonie and Betty Ann Lough, and families.
April 4, 2018
My condolences goes out to your family. Words cannot express what the family is feeling at this time. The Creator give us encouragement and comfort this can be found in Rev.20:12-13.
J B
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