Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My Mother's brothers and sisters that are my, "Forever Memories"

We are the cousins, the sons and the daughters of 14 brothers and sisters
I grew up with 14 aunts and uncles produced by my grandparents on my Mothers side of the family. Grandpa & Grandma Lewis and Julia Bentley both are deceased. We have lost two of their children this year; two of Mom's brothers and her elder sister, Lola McLeod in November, 2011
My beloved Auntie Lola, whose eyes sparkled all of my life is now gone.
All but five have passed. I knew all of them and they knew all of the many, many, many nieces and nephews of which I am one.

This process called family has now changed generations. It has been sad while interesting too, to see how life begins and fades away. (My Father's family had 12 children. Only one son is left and and five daughters)

Still living are
Edward Bentley
Lewis Bentley Jr.
Gerald Bentley
Geraldine (Bentley) Morton...My much loved momma 
Deborah (Bentley) Griffin
Auntie Debbie, Cousin Renee, Auntie Lola, & My mother, Jerri!

Those who are now gone but who are affectionately remembered as
Yvonne (Bentley) Carter (Auntie Vonnie)
Norma Jean Bentley (Auntie Norma)
Basil Bentley (Uncle Basil)
Dean Bentley (Uncle Dean)
Robert Bentley (Uncle Bobby)
Bernard Bentley (Uncle Bernie)
Sharon L Bentley (Auntie Sharon)

Walter William Bentley, age 72, died Sunday, April 8, 2012 in, Rochester.
Mr. Bentley was born August 27, 1939 in Elmira, NY the son of the late Lewis Walter and the late Julia Elizabeth (Potter) Bentley.
He is survived by 4 sons; Walter Bentley Jr., Gary Bentley, Troy Bentley & Charles Bentley. Several grandchildren. 3 brothers; Edward Bentley, Lewis Bentley and Gerald Bentley. 2 sisters; Geraldine Morton and Deborah Griffin all of Rochester, NY. Host of nieces, nephews other relatives, church family & friends.

Lola M. McLeod was born Aug. 29, 1932 in Rose, N.Y. to Lewis and Julia Bentley. She went home to be with her Lord on Nov. 23, 2011.
Lola married Josiah J. McLeod on Sept. 2, 1948. They went on to have nine children and traveled to many places while Joe was in the military. They settled in Willingboro in 1965. They were married for 51 years when Joe passed away in 1999. Lola received Jesus Christ as her savior in 1975 and has spent her journey endeavoring to fulfill the command to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. Family and friends could always count on her, when Lola heard someone was in need she did not want to wait until tomorrow she had to go today. Her family will remember how she put others before herself.
Lola worked at the ammunition plant in Burlington for many years. She later worked at Holy Light Christian Academy as a preschool teacher and was fondly called 'Grandmom' by her students.
She served as an Usher and a Deacon at Holy Light Church of Jesus Christ. She left Holy Light to assist her son-in-law and daughter in beginning the ministry God's Place, where she continued to serve as a faithful Deacon.

Lola was preceded in death by her husband, Josiah McLeod and sons, Xavier and Josiah Jr.
She is survived by her brothers: Edward Bentley, Basil Bentley, Louis Bentley, Walter Bentley, Jerry Bentley and sisters: Geraldine Morton, and Debbie Griffen, all of New York and children, Michael of Georgia, Vaughn McLeod, Renee Gaston, Trent McLeod (Karen), Tonia Tutt (Chris), Wanda McKinney (Roosevelt), and Dorreen McLeod. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Sean, Padraic, Ranee, Travis, Lori, Catherine, Ashley, Antoine, Annette, Anitra, Arnae, Trent, Takeya, Anthony, Tonia, Karesha, Rosey, Shawn, Shavon, and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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