Nancy J. Bentley, 73


Nancy J. Bentley, 73, of Bethany Beach, Del., formerly of Burke, Va., passed away in her sleep on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at her home. She was born Jan. 10, 1943, in Washington, D.C., daughter of the late Edward Johnson and Catherine (Maloney) Johnson.

Bentley was a 1961 graduate of Immaculata High School and a 1965 graduate of St. Joseph’s College, Emmitsburg, Md. After graduating from college, she started her career as a nurse with Providence Hospital in Washington. She married Lt Col. Charles S. Bentley on Oct. 22, 1966, and became a dedicated mother and wife, all while juggling the moves associated with military life and wartime. Bentley eventually transitioned to a career in banking, working for First Virginia Bank and BB&T, before retiring completely in 2003.

Bentley was a devoted parishioner at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bethany Beach. She adored the company of her four grandchildren, her beloved St. Joe “Ya-Yas” and any time spent with her kindhearted neighbors. Bentley cherished her Irish heritage and enjoyed traveling to Ireland with family and friends.

In addition to her parents, Bentley was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 46 years, Charles Scott Bentley. She is survived by three children, Kelly Marie Bentley of Farmington, Maine, Christopher Scott Bentley of Charlotte, N.C., and Catherine Bentley Ramsey and her husband, William, of Lewes, Del.; four grandchildren, Alyssa Bentley White, Kayla Bentley White, Liam Scott Ramsey and Ellen Linnea Ramsey; a brother, Dennis Johnson and his wife, Sharon, of Naples, Fla.; and a sister, Kathleen Raby and her husband, Thomas, of Naples, Fla.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, Del., where friends and family may call after 10 a.m. at the church. Interment will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Wounded Warriors Family Support at www.wwfs.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.