|Birth: ||May 25, 1834|
|Death: ||Jan. 21, 1925|
From Fall River, KS Gazette, week of Jan 23, 1925
Bettie Bentley was born at Danville, Kentucky, on May 25 1834. She was the daughter of Ephriam and Sarah Bentley and was one of a family of nine children, one dying in infancy. She grew to womanhood in Kentucky and lived there until she was about 30 years of age when she went to Indiana, and spent a year with her sister, Mrs. Sarah B. Morgan. She and her mother then moved to Texas, and lived there thirteen years with her brother, James Bentley. Forty one years ago she came to Fall River, Kansas, again to make her home with her sister, Mrs. Morgan, and remained with her the rest of her life save for a few years spent in Texas, and visits among her numerous relatives and friends.
A farm south-west of town was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Morgan for many years and here "Aunt Bettie" for she was everybodies "Auntie", shared the burdens that came to the household. Later they moved to Fall River and here, after the death of Mr. Morgan, the two old ladies lived together and became an integral part of our community.
In May 1924, they moved to Neodesha, to the home of Mrs. Gertrude Dowell the daughter of Mrs. Morgan, where Miss Bentley passed away January 21, 1925, at the advanced age of 90 years, 7 months and 27 days - nursed and comforted by the tender care of her two nieces, Mrs. Dowell who had been like a daughter to her, and Mrs. Fannie Spain of Texas, who came on New Years day to help Mrs. Dowell through the last sad weeks.
Her sister, Mrs. Sarah B. Morgan, who was 93 on December 2, 1924, is the only surviving member of her immediate family.
Miss Bentley united with the Baptist Church in early girlhood and remained in the faith always, a true trusting christian spirit.
Thus passes another Kansas pioneer. "With the coming of winter comes the night of the year; the dull dark stretch of days from now, until the stirring of that is Spring. Human vitality is beset with every vicious device of the elements, swift changes in temperture, prolonged cold, damp and draught. It is the time when bodily resistance is at its lowest ebb; it is a time when the young and fit are perhaps no more than discommoded, but when the least flickering of the fire in the aged may be fatal. As December turns into January we turn again the dark page where FINIS is written across the lives of so many of our Pioneers".
"Aunt Bettie" was a real gentlewoman; a woman with all the inate refinement and inborn good manners of a native of the South, that country that is noted for its courtesy on all occassions; a woman in whom the fires of life burned brightly, and the vitality which snapped on January 21st, marked her with a happinss which won her a host of friends.
She was one of those bright souls that seemed to carry the sunshine with her. Alive with loyalty to old friends, quick with the optimism that saw the best in everybody, a gracious spirit whose leaving touches with personal loss all who knew and loved her.
Missing in her own life the great event of home and family, she took the families of all her relatives and friends into her heart and became a ministering angel in the community.
She was brought to Fall River last Friday morning Jan. 23 and taken to the home of A.W. Batterton where funeral services in charge of Rev. Thos. Leighty, were held at ten o'clock. Interment was made in the North Pole cemetery.
~~ notation by Elizabeth Reeves: North Pole Cemetery is Mt. Zion Cemetery in Elk County, Kansas. ~~
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