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FLORENCE EMMELINE BENTLEY (published on April 24, 2010)

FLORENCE EMMELINE BENTLEY June 4, 1914 - April 11, 2010 Our mother and friend Florence Emmeline Bentley (Cuthbert) of Winnipeg passed away peacefully on April 11, 2010 at Joseph Creek Care Village in Cranbrook, BC at the age of 95. Florence was predeceased by her father George Cuthbert, mother Teresa, our father Stephen Bentley (divorced), long time partner Alex McBean, brother Jim Cuthbert of Pierson, MB, sisters: Edith Duff of Vancouver, BC, Agnes Cook of Pierson, MB and Kay Schultz of Calgary, AB. Left to cherish her memory are her son Gerald (Elaine) Bentley and daughter Elaine Friesen (Joe Klask); her four grandchildren: Kenneth Bentley of Winnipeg; Andrea (Tony) Almodovar of Naples, Florida; Clinton Friesen and partner Danaca of Elkford, BC; Stephen (Nikki) Friesen of Fernie, BC; three great-grandchildren: Katreena, Bentley, Samuel Almodovar and Stevie Nichol Friesen, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Florence was born in Pierson, MB on June 4, 1914, the youngest of five children. She spent her early years in Pierson, attending Pierson School until grade eleven. In 1932 she moved to Winnipeg to live with her two sisters Edith and Kay. On August 31, 1935, she married Stephen Bentley and they farmed in Lilyfield, MB until 1945, at which time she moved back to Winnipeg to join the work force. She worked for Dents Bacon for 13 years, then Cleo's Fashions for 14 years and from there she worked for the City of Winnipeg as a cashier at the Centennial Pool until her retirement. She was also very active on the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary for many years. Some things she enjoyed were being in the drill team and the cribbage club. She loved to travel and went on many cruises and her favourite place was Hawaii. When it was time for her to move from the apartment that she shared with my sister, she went to live at Heritage Lodge and when my sister moved to Cranbrook, BC, she moved there also. When they arrived in Cranbrook she was very lucky as they had just opened a new personal care home, Joseph Creek Care Village and she resided in Mount Saint Stevens Pod. We want to convey our thanks to both Heritage Lodge and a special thanks to the staff at Mount Saint Stevens Pod, who treated her with special care and affection. Also a special thanks to Dr. Pieterse, who made her passing comfortable. Our mother loved her animals and everyone else's, so should friends so desire donations in Florence's memory may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3 or a charity of their choice. A reception to honour our mother will be held on Friday, April 30, at 11:00 a.m. in the Coutu Funeral Chapel, 680 Archibald St. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E. J. COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald St. 253-5086

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