Carolyn Langeberg Bentley
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Obituary

Carolyn Langeberg Bentley

05/12/1923 -

09/30/2018

Carolyn Grace Langeberg Bentley went to be with the Lord on September 30, 2018 at the age of 95. Her family rejoices at her homegoing even as they grieve at their loss. Carolyn was born on May 12th, 1923 in Madras Oregon to Winnie Grace and Bert C Boylan. The youngest of four children she enjoyed a happy childhood in Central Oregon, graduated from Bend High in 1941 and worked for the Red Cross at Fort Lewis during the war. In 1945 she married Stg Stanley Boyd Langeberg. They were deeply devoted to each other as they built a life together, first in Washington state and then later in Portland before finally settling in Medford. Family life centered on many outdoor adventures, hiking and camping- particularly in Oregon's high desert, fishing at Diamond Lake, picking huckleberries and gathering fir cones in the mountains. Carolyn's love of children led her to teach at the First Presbyterian Church Preschool in Medford for 22 years. She had a beautiful voice and loved playing the piano and singing with family, students and the Sweet Adelines.

After 37 years of marriage, Stanley passed away and Carolyn remained on their acreage, raising cattle and mending fences. Later, Carolyn married longtime friend Dr. George Bentley. They enjoyed traveling in their RV and making friends wherever they went. Carolyn enjoyed quilting and made quilts for many family members. Although in good health, she struggled with Essential Tremor and bravely decided to have a pioneering surgical implant Deep Brain Stimulator that controlled her tremors and gave her many more active years with family.

After George passed away in 2010, Carolyn found companionship with Karen Van Sickle, a distant relative, who became like an adopted daughter and sister to the family. Karen's love and dedication to Carolyn's independence and quality of life kept Carolyn happy and healthy for many years. Even though in her 90's, Carolyn joined in the annual campouts by staying in nearby lodging.

Carolyn loved God and was an active member of First Presbyterian and later Westminster Presbyterian Church. She will be remembered as a woman of grace, kindness, joy, integrity, and endless optimism. Many will remember her beautiful smile and bright blue eyes. She will be missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her six children, Janice Langeberg-Stewart, Grant Langeberg (Anna Langeberg), Lorene Langeberg, Marilyn Langeberg (Ed Pickering), Marcia Langeberg, Leslie Durand (Gordon Durand), step-daughter Trish Hibler (Lee Hibler), 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for October 19th at 2:00, Westminster Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive.

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Published in the Mail Tribune
on October 6, 2018
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