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BENTSEN, Leona Marie (nee Vance)

November 10, 1934 – December 17, 2012

Leona Bentsen, beloved wife of Norm Bentsen of Calgary, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012 at the age of 78 years.

Leona was born in the Smoky Lake Hospital, lived her early years in Waskatenau, Sedalia, Slave Lake and then in Edmonton. When her mother became ill she moved to Seattle to live with her sister Ethel and to finish her high school education. After graduating high school, she returned to Canada to work at the Drayton Valley Hotel for her father at which time she met her husband, a young engineer. Through their marriage years and typical of the petroleum industry, they lived in numerous places, including Virden, Edmonton, Valleyview and finally Calgary. Leona took a strong interest in raising her family and running the household. Then, through her later years, her grandchildren became her special interest. Leona continued to take an interest in planning family activities, monitoring her stock portfolio and was particularly looking forward to Christmas with her family, when plans were cut short by her sudden admittance to the hospital on December 15.

Besides her loving husband of fifty-six years, Leona is survived by her son Mark; daughter Sandra (Gary MacLean); five grandchildren, Carmen, Sean, Zachary, Hannah and Alyssa; as well as by her sister Vi (Glen Gibbons). She was predeceased by an infant son Murray, her mother Helen, father Everett and sister Ethel.

A Private Family Celebration is planned in the New Year. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If so desired, a memorial donation may be made to your charity of choice. No flowers please.

In living memory of Leona Bentsen, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Sheila Spinney :

    My heartfelt sympathy is especially sent to you Norm, Sandra, Mark, and the grandchildren plus extended family and friends.

    We are going to miss her, I have already gone to pick up the phone to exchange some info only to realize she isn’t there.
    I have a special time of memory at one of our block parties when we had played volleyball with Leona having great fun even tho’ she was short. Then the water balloon toss got going and she was taking great delight in trying to get the eldest son of the neighbor.
    I have so many great memories of the little spitfire. Happy travels Leona, your friend Sheila

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  2. Hello Norm;
    My sincere condolences of your loss.
    Dick Durda(Airdrie)

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  3. Sincere sympathy to you, Norm, and to your family. Although it has been many years since I have seen you and Leona, I have very fond memories of her. We saw her often at Fowler and Smith get togethers over the years. I am Ken’s widow and Leona’s Aunt Edna was my mother in law. Take care. Donnie Smith

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  4. Sadek Ben Lamin :

    Heartfelt condolences to Norm and family on the passing of Leona. Fond memories of times past have been left with all who knew her. Our friendship may have been brief but the great momories will linger!
    Sadek & Anne Ben Lamin

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  5. Rene and Marcia Laprade :

    Our sincere condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Rene and Marcia Laprade

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