Elizabeth "Betty" Wentz-Bunn

On January 14, Betty would have celebrated her 85th birthday. God had other plans. On November 22, 2010 our beloved mother was called to heaven.

She was born and raised in a small town on the North Dakota prairies, the youngest of twenty children.

She blessed our home with a spirit of love, gentleness and kindness. Each one of us can turn in memory of Betty and recall how she had truly been a “love song” of God for the many people whose lives she had touched.

She had an amazing love for life, the drive to keep on going and living, no matter what the hardship, a “hang-in-there” attitude. She kept her spirits up and had a unique ability to rise above physical setbacks and disabilities. She was an exceptionally tranquil person, had a contagious laugh, and a deep love for God.

She was married to George J. Wentz for 51 years until his death in 1997. They had five children, 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Betty married John M. Bunn in 2001 until his death in 2003. She lived at Eagle Cove Assisted Living in Eagle Point for the past six years.

The things she had done with her life were simple, but in an extraordinary way. For over thirty years she was genuinely passionate about making a difference in the lives of the many school children she taught. As a Title I Teacher Assistant for the Jackson County School District #9 she dedicated her life to ensure that the young people continue to grow and learn. She was honored with the prestigious Golden Eagle Award at her retirement celebration and after retiring she returned to work as a volunteer Foster Grandparent.

If she could speak to us now I believe she would say, “Cry just a little while if you must, but know this, as I stepped upon heaven’s shores and breathed in the celestial air, I put my hand in God’s hand and He lead me home. See you when you get here!”

A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Shady Cove, Saturday, December 4th at 11:00am.

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