Obituary: Grace Bentley


The funeral service for Grace Bentley, aged 84 years of Caistor, was held at the parish church.

Canon Ian Robinson officiated at the service and arrangements were by J. Marshall of Market Rasen.

Grace was born in the Derbyshire town of Buxton.

She left school in 1950 and started working in an office.

Two years later, she joined the Women’s Royal Airforce, seeing service in Cyprus and Egypt.

In 1956, she left and went to work for Montague Burton for nine years, before returning to the WRAF in 1963, seeing service in the UK and Germany.

Grace finally left the WRAF in 1972 to marry Ronald.

Grace was an active member of the Caistor community.

She served as treasurer to the Civic Society and an incredible 25 years as treasurer to Caistor Indoor Bowls Club.

She also undertook voluntary work for the Meals on Wheels and the Lunch Club, as well as helping a local motorcycle club organise meetings and catering.

For her own interests, Grace enjoyed caravanning, gardening and travel.

Family mourners were: Ronald Bentley (husband); Zena Daley (sister); Nigel, Allan, Marty and Vanessa (nephew and niece); Christopher (sister’s grandson); Mick Martin (godson).

Friends at the service were: Jill and David Naylor (also rep John and Enid Fowler); Valerie Waddington (Church Warden); Mr and Mrs D Whellbarrow; Jane and Brian Field (also rep Mr and Mrs Dobbs, and also Nettleton Chapel); Eileen Burnett (also rep Alma Marriott and Joyce Cook); Alan Saxton (also rep Lynda); Jenny Rudd; Kevin Wright; Joy Smith; Mr and Mrs Copp; Christine Wright (also rep Shaun Wright); Gemma Byatt (also rep Terry Wright, and also Nettleton Manor); Mavis and Peter Chantry (also rep Dot O’Connell); Pam Bradley; Heather Wells; Malcolm and Jean Webster; Jean Lusby; Gwen and Graeme Grieve (also rep Mr Hill); Delia and Steven Dowse; Margaret Johnson (also rep the late Margaret Bennett); Lynn Hardwick; Barry and Joyce Pinion (also rep CEC); Stan Mather (also rep CEC); Brian and Audrey Storey; Mr and Mrs Blackburn; Karen Hills; Anne Petch; Sarah Smith (also rep Paul, Mia and Harry); Jean Fox; David King; Pat Snell; Dennis Fincham; Denise Wood; Jon Davies (also rep Rod Hornsby); Bob and Sandra Cussans; Clare and Ian Lang; Betty and Matt Matthews; Christine Robinson; Pauline Dawson; Olive Shortland; Mike Galligan; Graham and Margaret Smith; Sheila Lawrence (also rep Bob Lawrence); Mary Winslow; Margaret Glentworth; Neil and Sue Smith; Pat Harris; Babs and Stuart Frazer (also rep Caistor Civic Society); David Smith; Don Morgan (also rep Alan Shepherdson); Louis King; Susan Headland (also rep Richard); Mr and Mrs Allison; Michael Lamb; Sarah Parkin; Angie and Ron Harrison; Judith Clarke; Les Price (Vincent Club); Lynn Blackburn; Helen Godfrey; Malcolm Robinson; Rick Merrall; Brian and Mary Lockey; Lynn Driffill (also rep Lee, Sarah and Chloe (Australia)); Brenda Stanfield; Carol Nicholson.