|Myrtis Ethel Bentley, along with her husband, Mack Bentley, devoted her life in service to Jesus Christ through the United Methodist Church. She began her life in Opelika, Alabama, the daughter of Charles Whatley and the former Esther Lynch. She attended Florence Teachers College of Alabama and received her B.S. Degree in education from Western Maryland College. Prior to her marriage, she taught school in Birmingham and Opelika, Alabama.
She and Mack served in their common ministry for the church first in Alabama, then in New Mexico. In 1931, they came to Louisiana where they remained until parted by death. Their years in ministry took them from appointments in Shreveport to New Orleans and from Cameron to Monroe, with a few stops in between. Following retirement in June of 1968, Ethel and Mack resided in a retired minister’s home in Lafayette where they continued in the service of their Lord at Asbury United Methodist Church.
Following her husband’s death in 1979, Ethel Bentley remained active as a member of the United Methodist Women, who named one of their circles in her honor; the Challengers Sunday School Class; the VIM Group; and the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 146. Shortly after Mack’s death, Ethel had the opportunity to visit the Holy Land. She subsequently was invited to share her experiences with many church and civic groups. Even during the later few months of her life while a resident of Cornerstone Village Infirmary, Ethel Bentley could be described as a vibrant, winsome and faithful disciple of her Lord.
Her survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Jean Strother of Lafayette and Mrs. James (Betty) Garrett of Dallas, Texas; a son, Robert Mack Bentley, Jr., of Tulsa, Oklahoma, two sisters, Mrs. Violet Dorsett of Lafayette and Mrs. Floy Walker of Auburn, Alabama, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1990; p. 219………….By Stone W. Caraway|