Mary Ellen Frances (Frankie) Vinzant Bentley, 84, Anderson, suddenly passed away in her sleep May 8, 2007.
Frankie was an avid gardener, growing many vegetables which she canned every season. She also loved being outdoors, planting flowers and maintaining her yard. She was very active in the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) serving as Sunday School Superintendent, teacher and secretary in her hometown of Sylacauga, Ala.
Frankie was also a member of the Women's Missionary Society. She was a member of the Coosa Valley Camping Club and loved to travel. She loved to sew and was an excellent cook, famous for her southern cuisine, including her coconut cake and banana pudding. Frankie enjoyed supporting and being involved in her four grandchildren's lives.
Frankie was born June 2, 1922 in Thorsby, Ala. She owned and operated Bentley's Laundromat, Sylacauga, Ala., for 35 years along with her husband of 65 years, J.B. Bentley, retiring in 1983. In 2002, Frankie and her husband relocated to Anderson, Ind., to be near their two daughters.
Along with her husband Frankie, she is survived by her sister, Larue (Vinzant) Hatcher; her devoted daughters, Patricia (husband, Blake) Janutolo and Joan (husband, Willard) Reed; grandchildren, Alison Reed, Eliot Reed, Angela Janutolo and Andrew Janutolo; and along with many nieces and nephews.
Frankie was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Jackson and Delphia (Conway) Vinzant; sister, Lorene (Vinzant) Mims; and brothers, J. Holland Vinzant and C.W. Vinzant.
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Radney Smith Funeral Home. Entombment will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Sylacauga, Ala.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service, 229 S. Rangeline Road, Anderson.
Contributions may be made to the Park Place Church of God or the American Cancer Society.