Click here to to see a short clip (3MB) of an interview with Elisabeth Bentley taken in May of 2000 (not Sept '99 as previously posted). In this interview "Lib" talks about the time before electricity, telephone, running water, or automobiles and other facinating anecdotes from her life.

Click here to see the full (10 mintues long) video clip of the 2000 Interview. Note this is a large file (83MB) and will take about four hours to downlaod via 56.6kpbs modem.

If you would like a copy of the full 10 minute interview sent to you by mail, click here to send me an e-mail (please include your mailing address and whether you prefer VHS tape or CD-ROM) and I will gladly send you a copy.

  On January 23, 2001, A. Elisabeth Bentley passed away.

She was a strong and vibrant person, fun loving, quick witted, and kind. She was a truly special person and a very loving Grandma. She loved nothing more than her friends and family and her only concerns were for the well being of those close to her.

I remember I was living in Berkeley when a large fire broke out across town. The fire was large enough to make the news in Pennsylvania and my phone rang almost immediately.

me "Hello?"
caller "Ricky?" (as an adult only Grandma still called me "Ricky")
me "Oh, hi Grandma"
caller "Ricky, you get out of there!"

The caller, of course, was Grandma and she was concerned for my safety and wanted to make sure I got away from the fire. This in only one example of many of how she cared for those she knew. Her constant and uwavering love helped shape me as an individual and her presence will be felt within me, and indeed I believe I can say for many of us, for the rest of our lives.

--Rick Bentley




From The Patriot News. 1/25/01

She was the former owner of two Mechanicsburg beauty salons and Culligan Water Conditioning in Carlisle; a former secretary for the Hampden Twp. commissioners; and a past worthy matron of Carlisle Eastern Star Chapter 375.

She was the widow of J. Franklin Bentley. Surviving are a daughter, JoAnn F. of Camp Hill; a son, Sheldon R. of Bainbridge, Wash.; a sister, Marion Rhoads of Lake Bluff, Ill.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in Malpezzi Funeral Home, Upper Allen Twp. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Upper Allen Twp.

Viewing will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home, where Eastern Star rites will begin at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Helen O. Krause Animal Foundation, P.O. Box 311, Mechanicsburg 17055.

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