Obituary: Virginia “Ginger” (Reid) Bentsen Arnold, 95

by | Aug 22, 2022

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Virginia “Ginger” (Reid) Bentsen Arnold, 95, of East Greenwich, passed away August 21. She was the wife of the late Charles A. Arnold, Jr., to whom she was married for 10 years and the late Paul E. Bentsen, to whom she was married for 45 years. Born in 1927, in Edgewood, R.I., she was the daughter of the late David A. and Marguerite (Page) Reid.

Ginger’s passion was people of all ages and being involved making a difference. She graduated from URI and taught home economics at East Greenwich Junior and Senior high schools for three years. She devoted her time and energy to her four children and their activities. She had many volunteer jobs. The American Cancer Society was her main charity.

She was the advertising manager for the East Greenwich Pendulum newspaper and had been the membership director of the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce for 15 years. The “Welcome to East Greenwich” publication was her pet project. She loved her town!

An ancestor of the whaling captain Joseph Congdon, with summers growing up on Narragansett Bay, salt water ran through her veins. She enjoyed life to the fullest; swimming, sailing, parties and parades, but everywhere she went people were her lifeblood till her last day.

A group of angels at Brentwood Nursing Home loved her and cared for her through the Covid pandemic when we no longer could. No one loved her more than her roommate Diane. We are forever grateful to them.

She is survived by her children Betsy B. Convery, Kristine B. Stamps, Brent R. Bentsen and Paul P. Bentsen; her brother, Harry G. Reid; 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  

The funeral service is Saturday, Aug. 27, at 9:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 1558 So. County Trail, East Greenwich. Burial will be in R.I. Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Calling hours:  Friday, Aug. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St. East Greenwich. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to INSIGHT Vision Rehabilitation, 43 Jefferson Blvd. #1, Warwick, RI 02888.    

You can leave an online condolence at the Hill Funeral Home website HERE.

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Joan M Chadwell
Joan M Chadwell
August 25, 2022 10:21 am

RIP my friend. I was fortunate to work with “Ginger” at the RI Pendulum for several years. She was a wonderful person and will be missed. Ginger was a lady, gracious and fun to be with. She gave love and support unconditionally. EG has lost another great person. Condolences to the family.

Donna RICE
Donna RICE
August 26, 2022 8:53 am

A real lady. Rest in Peace.
Donna Wilson Rice


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