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Kay M. Bentley, age 75, of Ionia, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020 at her home under the loving care of her family and Spectrum Health Hospice.  The daughter of Floyd Franklin & Eleanor Marie (Simmons) DeShane, was born on September 17, 1944 in Grand Rapids.

Kay enjoyed numerous craft activities some of which include quilting, sewing, cross stitch, (which she loved teaching her grandchildren, and great grandchildren).  She enjoyed playing cards on weekends with her siblings, cousins and aunts; also playing cards with her church sisters of the Ladies Aide Society.  Kay was a long-time member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Belding, acting as treasurer for numerous years, was a lay reader and wrote a monthly newsletter from her fictitious church mouse, Winnie.  Kay retired from the Michigan Department of Corrections where she worked as a registered nurse.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Ronald Simmons;  and a grandson, David John Moose.

Surviving are her children, Karilyn & Aaron Sanders of Lansing, Wayne Moose of Zion, Pennsylvania, Laura & Jason Fish of Ionia, and Michelle Kelley of Ionia.  Kay also leaves behind fifteen grandchildren;  thirteen great-grandchildren;  a sister, Patricia Hall of Marquette;  three brothers, Raymond & Nancy Wolbers of Grand Rapids, Donald & Eleanor DeShane of Jenison, and Larry & Carole DeShane of Grand Rapids;  a sister-in-law, Karen Simmons of Spring Lake;  and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 422 W. High Street, Belding, Michigan.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Kay’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.




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  1. Karrie on May 6, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Missing you so much already Mom. I know that you and David John are having a great time watching over all of us that miss you so much. I know that you are with us!! I Love You!!

  2. Laura Fish on May 6, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Momma you are missed so dearly. I could only imagine the celebration when you arrived to your heavenly home with your parents, brother and grand son. I truly believe you will continue to be among us as we carry on here on Earth. I look forward to a reunion with you in the future. I love you Momma.

  3. Donald and Eleanor DeShane on May 6, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Well sis now that you walking on streets of gold, praising our Lord Jesus Christ, enjoying the beauty of your new Heavenly home,walking with saints, and I know that you looked up the angels that stood over your bed side night after night while in the hospital. Am sorry that we didn’t get to have our family dinner with that strawberry shortcake that you wanted so bad. Enjoy your new body all healed and renewed. Can’t wait to see you again and we will have all of eternity to do what the Lord has in store for us. Psalms 34:7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.

  4. Pamela Keim on May 6, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Auntie, I cry just thinking about you! You were a great aunt that always believed in me! You were at all our special events! I still remember all the sweet special times we had together when you cared for my mother during her last few weeks! Wish I could have been able to see you in the hospital! I love you! See you again soon! Give my parents and grandparents a kiss for me….love you!

  5. Toni on May 6, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers!! Oh so many memories I have with our families from childhood!! I love you Kay and I will miss that phone call every year on my birthday that you never missed! Rest peacefully and hug my mom and dad!!

  6. Ray&Nancy Wolbers on May 6, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    As the song says, I can only imagine what you are experiencing right now as you look upon the face of our Lord and Savior with your healed and perfect body. We are thankful that someday we will be united around the throne.

  7. Emilie on May 6, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    I will forever feel blessed for the way you always welcomed me into your home. You helped me become a better person. I’m not sure how I would’ve survived those teenage years without you. Love and prayers for you and your family always.

  8. Larry & Carole DeShane on May 6, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Larry and Carole DeShane

    Our love for you ways heavily on our heart that you are now gone from us. The only thing that helps is that we know that you are in a better place and that you no longer suffer for the Lord is taking care of you. There are so many memories from our child hood that will always be in my heart as well as the card parties and the dinners that we shared together. Our family was always close and the love for each other was strong. Carole and I miss you but we know we will be together in the end with the Lord. I am sure you are looking down on us with a smile.

  9. John and GlynneEllen VanDyke, Pat Hall and John VanDyke on May 7, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    We will miss you, Kay, but are glad to know you are with your Father! Pat will miss her only sister, and the many times of playing cards and just visiting together. We are pray for God’s comfort and peace for her family and friends at this trying time. It is hard to be so far away and kept apart at these special times by “social distancing”. Giving each of you a virtual hug.

  10. Ron and Danielle Simmons on June 7, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Aunt Kay was a wonderful woman who cared deeply for her family. She spent a great deal of her time caring for my mother before she died. I will always be grateful for her kind spirit and generosity to our family in our time of need. She will be deeply missed.

  11. Tammy Kinneman on July 6, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Our condolences to you and your family, Laura and Shelly. My mom always loved having your mom as a friend and thought she was a dear, sweet lady. Our prayers for the Father’s peace, comfort and healing are with all of you. Love, Sandy and Tammy

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