After a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend passed away peacefully in her sleep.
She is survived by her husband, Jim; daughters, Samantha (Bruce), Christina (Alex); granddaughter, Avery; as well as brothers, Parker, Dougie, Danny; sister, Brenda; and numerous friends and extended family.
Wanda was born in 1951 in Bridgewater, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She was one of six children in a military family. Money was tight with six children but Wanda persevered and put herself through University and earned her teaching degree.
Wanda married James Bentley in 1971. James was in the Military and his job took them to many places all over Canada and even Germany. In 1974, their first daughter, Samantha, was born and Wanda quit teaching to raise her. Five years later, she gave birth to their second daughter, Christina. Wanda was a loving and affectionate Mother that would do anything for her children.
Once her children were grown she went back to school and became a bookkeeper, a job she both enjoyed and was good at. Wanda and Jim eventually settled in Sooke, BC. She worked many years at a paving company and later, an electrical company.
No matter what Wanda did, she did it well and always put her whole self into it. Whether it was tackling a big project at work, learning to decorate cakes for her children’s birthdays, or volunteering to be a Brownie leader so her daughters could attend, Wanda would simply master any role that she took on.
Wanda was known for her phenomenal food and could take a cooking mistake and make it into something delicious. Her Christmas open houses were legendary and the food always amazing.
In 2009, she became a Grandmother and fell over the moon in love with her Granddaughter, Avery. She loved spending time with her Granddaughter and one of their favourite things to do was to go shopping and bake together.
Wanda was a true known for her generosity and loving nature. She touched many lives and will be deeply missed.
A Memorial Service will be held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ovarian Cancer Canada https://secure2.convio.net/noca/site/Donation2?idb=1307377117&df_id=1640&1640.donation=form1
Condolences may be offered to the family below.
Kate Cullen and familyJuly 12, 2019
Brewis Electric Company Ltd.July 10, 2019
Dennis John MuirJuly 7, 2019
Angela ShepherdJuly 7, 2019
Susan HaywardJuly 7, 2019
Jeannette IvesJuly 7, 2019
Robin, Sharon, Jacqueline, and DanielJuly 6, 2019
Howarrd EamesJuly 6, 2019