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Eunice Bentz


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Eunice Bentz Obituary
EUNICE BENTZ Eunice Bentz, born October 5, 1921, passed from this life February 15, 2018 at home where she wanted to be, surrounded by her family. Her 96 year life began near Stockton California where she was born to Clifton (Dick) Brockman and the former Lilly Traeger. They moved to Cohasset with her two older brothers, Willie and Charlie (both deceased) later that year. The family moved to Chico after Willie started High School. She is survived by sister, Neva Adams and brother Raymond (Juanita). Brother Clifton Jr. (Wanda, surviving) predeceased her. She was an ordinary yet amazing woman, graduating from High School at 16, earning a teaching credential and accepting a job at 21. She taught Spanish, Home Economics and Girls P.E. at Durham High School where she continued 5 years. She married Levi Bentz in June, 1947. They raised their family and dairy farmed west of Chico and knew how to make a little go a long way. He died in 1982. She is survived by their 6 children: Doug Bentz (Lauralee), Dennis Bentz, Lillian Smith (Eric), Keith Bentz (Joanne), Vernon Bentz and Elvin Bentz (Valerie). She has 14 grandchildren: Ryan Bentz (Emily), Mark Bentz, Bradley Bentz, Janelle Bentz, Garret Smith (Marcela), Matthew Bentz, Kristoffer Bentz (Tina), Victoria Johns (Virgil), Levi Smith (Kayla), Alicia Smith Pabilona (Leal), Melinda Bentz Kringle (James), Zachary Bentz (Lisa), Owen Bentz (Brittany will join the family in March) and Rachel Bentz. They have blessed her with eight great grandchildren and 2 more are on the way. Eunice filled her summers with gardening and preserving and her winters with quilting. She generously shared with family and friends. After the walnut orchard began to produce, she saved some from each crop to give away just in case a distant family member or friend happened to come visiting. In Spring she delighted in the 50+ different irises blooming in her yard. She shared those, too. She valued Bible knowledge and education, including practical life skills and encouraged her family in all these areas. She was a member of the church of Christ, being baptized while in High School. She was able to attend services the Sunday before she died, making it a priority in her life along with a daily walk with Christ. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, February 24 at Chico Cemetery In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Levi Bentz scholarship at Butte College. Share your thoughts online at NewtonBracewell.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Feb. 21, 2018
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