Mrs. M. Elaine Bentley
- BORN: January 2, 1933
- DIED: March 31, 2017
- LOCATION: Adams, Massachusetts
Mrs. M. Elaine (Blair) Bentley, 84, of Adams, formerly of North Adams, died Friday afternoon, March 31, 2017, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.
She was born in Clarksburg on January 2, 1933, a daughter of the late John F. and Mary Catherine (Schneider) Blair. She attended local schools, including Drury High School.
Elaine worked in the facilities dept. at Williams College for over 20 years until retiring.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of North Adams, where she was a served on many committees and participated in many church activities, including the Handbell and Sanctuary Choirs.
Elaine enjoyed gardening, crocheting, reading, and playing cards and Scrabble. An avid bowler, she was a former member of bowling leagues at both Mt. Greylock Bowl and Valley Park Lanes.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Ray O. Bentley, whom she married on April 13, 1957;
three daughters, Ruth Goyette and her husband, Paul, of Adams; Kim Tabarini and her husband, Carlos, of Star, Idaho; and Patricia Jack of Sarasota, Florida;
two sons, David Bentley and his wife, April, of Clarksburg; and Dennis Bentley and his wife, Lisa, of Lunenburg, MA;
one sister, Betty Demarsico and her husband Donald of North Adams; twelve grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two brothers, John and Raymond Blair; and by two sisters, Helen Hluboky and Ruth Blair.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 7th, at 11:00 AM in the First Baptist Church, North Adams.
Rev. David Anderson, Pastor, will officiate.
Calling hours are Friday morning from 10:00 AM until the service begins, at the First Baptist Church.
Burial will be later in the spring in Clarksburg Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St. North Adams, MA 01247; or to Camp Ashmere, 131 Main St. North Adams, MA 01247.