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Jennie Ruth Bentley

Alumni Obituary – Jennie Ruth Bentley

Jennie Ruth (Long) Bentley, 91, stepped into heaven on January 5, 2020, at Westhaven Community in Boone, Iowa.

Ruth was born on June 18, 1928, to Will and Wilma Long in Coon Rapids, Iowa.

Ruth graduated High School from Coon Rapids in May of 1946. She then attended Central College for 2 years and then graduated in 1953 from Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois with an Elementary School Teacher Certification. Ruth taught at a few schools before marrying Harold Bentley on June 18, 1960. They made their home on Harold’s family farm just east of Boone. She enjoyed being a farmer’s wife. Ruth also found joy in being a “stay at home” mom.

In Ruth’s “spare” time, she taught Sunday School, led VBS, was a Pioneer Girls Leader and a Deaconess in the Boone Evangelical Free Church.

She spent summers working in the garden, canning fruits and vegetables, making jams and jellies and was known for her pies and homemade bread.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Roy Long and Gerald Long.

Ruth is survived by her husband Harold Bentley. Her three children: Priscilla (Mark) Zenor; Rachel (Rich) Burlingame and Bruce (Jen) Bentley. She is also survived by her Grandchildren: Ashley (Zenor) Mitchell, Jacob Zenor, Jordan Zenor, Noah Zenor, Alex Bentley, Ian Bentley, Elizabeth Bentley, and Aiden Bentley as well as 3 Great-Grandchildren: Harper Mitchell, Breyer Mitchell, and Dawson Mitchell.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 9th at 3:00 PM at the Westhaven Community Chapel, 112 West 4th Street, Boone, Iowa with Pastor Jeff McDowell officiating.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Deaconess fund at the First Evangelical Free Church in Boone, Iowa.

Online Condolences may be left at

Schroeder-Stark-Welin Funeral Home | 515-432-4550

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jennie Ruth Bentley please visit the Schroeder Funeral Sympathy Store.


Central Christian College of Kansas is a four-year collegiate institution that strives to offer Christ-centered education for the whole person through four core characteristics: heart, soul, mind, and strength. Its history dates back to 1884, and it is located in the friendly town of McPherson, Kansas. Central is a strategically small college that offers over forty areas of residential study and a thriving online program for non-traditional students. To learn more about Central, go to Visit the Foundation of Central Christian College to see what projects and events are coming up.

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