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135 North Broad St
Milford, CT 06460
Phone: (203) 874-2588
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Beatrice Balentine

Beatrice M. Balentine

Thursday, June 27th, 1929 - Sunday, December 8th, 2019
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Beatrice (Bea) McMillen Balentine of Milford Connecticut passed away on December 8, 2019 after a short illness. She was recently predeceased by her husband of 66 years, William (Bill) Balentine.

Bea was born on June 27, 1929 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Stewart and Esther McMillen and raised in Washington County, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Canonsburg High School and went on to take additional courses in business before marrying her high school sweetheart, Bill Balentine, June 13, 1953. They established their first home in Las Cruces, New Mexico after Bill was posted to duty at the White Sands Missile Range. They moved to Costa Mesa, California in 1962 where they lived until moving to Connecticut in 1999 to be closer to their family.

Bea was an active member of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Costa Mesa where, among her many roles, she was employed as the church secretary for many years. After retirement, she went on to work as an administrative associate for Service Corporation International at Pacific View Cemetery in Newport Beach, California.

Bea is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Balentine & son-in-law, Mike Ferrari of Oxford, Connecticut; her granddaughter, Sarah Ferrari Keel, her husband Cyrus Keel and a great-grandson, Cashius Keel of Keystone, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be made in Bea’s memory to the American Heart Association (online at or to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005).

Arrangements are being handled by the Smith Funeral Home, Milford, CT. Services will be at Smith’s on Thursday, December 12th with visiting from noon-1:00 followed by services at 1:00. Burial will be at King’s Highway Cemetery in Milford. Additional information can be found at or by calling 203-874-2588.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 12th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Thursday, December 12th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    135 N. Broad St.
    MILFORD, CT 06460
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  • Service

    Thursday, December 12th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, December 12th, 2019 1:00pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    135 N. Broad St.
    MILFORD, CT 06460
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  • Interment

    Kings Highway Cemetery
    271 Cherry Street
    MILFORD, CT 06460
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Lee Kiester

Posted at 11:18pm
Looking back as an adult and father, what a wonderful neighbour I had in Bea Balentine. I had someone who would look out for me, in whom my parents had 100% trust. You do not get to choose who you live next too. God provided someone who cared for a wild red headed boy who was walking the fence , literally.

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Posted at 12:14pm
Dear Rebecca, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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