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Helen S. Petersen Bentley Collection

Helen Signe Petersen was born May 28, 1912 in Cicero, Indiana to Thorvald Kjeld and Mette Marie (Mary) Petersen (nee Schultz). Helen attended high school in Dike, Iowa and later graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa with a Master of Science in Applied Art. Helen married Charles Frederick Bentley, and together they had two children, Ann Catherine Bentley Manson and Theodore Carl Bentley.

Helen began her career as a rural school teacher in Grundy, Iowa. When Fred was hired to teach Soil Science at the University of Alberta, the Bentleys moved to Edmonton, Alberta. There Helen found work as an Associate Professor for the School of Household Economics at the University of Alberta that brought her to Edmonton, Alberta. Throughout the rest of her career she held various positions at the University of Alberta and was an Instructor of Interior Design at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Banff, Alberta. Helen died in Edmonton on March 18, 1999.














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