|Birth: ||Dec. 6, 1918|
|Death: ||Sep. 15, 2012|
Adapted from the Anderson Valley Advertiser, September 26, 2012:
Barbara ‘Bobbie' Bentley Paula Peterson
On September 15, 2012, at the age of 93, Barbara's spirit rose to meet her husbands, sons and other beloved family members who preceded her in death.
Barbara Christie Bentley was born December 6, 1918, in Cloverdale, California, to Rufus William and Christie Dora (Thompson) Bentley. Her father had very much wanted a boy so he called her "Bobbie," a nickname that stuck throughout her life.
Barbara was the fourth child and last survivor of Rufus and Christie's five children.
In 1928, after moving from Cloverdale to Walnut Creek, Barbara, her parents and younger sister settled in San Rafael, where she graduated from San Rafael High School in January 1936. While attending Santa Rosa Junior College she met William ‘Bill' John Paula (1917-1986), from a Petaluma pioneer family whom she married on August 12, 1940 in Reno, Nevada with her younger sister Beverly as their witness.
Barbara and Bill engaged in dairy ranching, first on the Paula ranch on Stony Point Road and then on a ranch of their own on King Road, Petaluma. There they raised their four children, while also caring for two other family members, Ralph William Paula and a niece, Kathleen Clemence.
Fortunate to find love a second time, on January 8, 1988, Barbara married John Wesley Peterson (1912-1994), a long-time resident of the Anderson Valley and they enjoyed a wonderful marriage until his passing.
Besides her two husbands, her oldest and youngest sons predeceased Barbara: John Rufus Paula (1941-2010) and James Edwin Paula (1947-1975).
Mrs. Peterson is survived by her daughter, son, two daughters-in-law, ten grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
The lives that Barbara touched can never be counted. Her life among us was a true blessing.
A memorial celebration of Barbara's life will take place October 6, 1- 4pm at the AV Senior Center in Boonville.
Donations in Barbara's memory may be made to the AV Senior Center.
Rufus William Bentley (1880 - 1938)
Christie Dora Thompson Bentley (1881 - 1967)
William John Paula (1917 - 1986)
John Wesley Peterson (1912 - 1994)
John Rufus Paula (1941 - 2010)*
James Edwin Paula (1947 - 1975)*
Gilbert Ralph Bentley (1904 - 1904)*
Helen Lieuana Bentley Gardner (1905 - 1989)*
Marion Eldora Bentley Bartlett (1909 - 1999)*
Barbara Christie Bentley Peterson (1918 - 2012)
Beverly Ann Bentley Ruffino (1920 - 1988)*
Cypress Hill Memorial Park
Plot: Elm Garden Lawn, #78E
Created by: Kathleen Clemence
Record added: Sep 25, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97758466