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Blake-Lamb Funeral Home

4727 West 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, IL

OBITUARY

Jamie Marie Burgess-Bentley

September 2, 1965June 28, 2020
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On September 2, 1965, Jamie Marie was born into the union of George and Claudia Burgess. They raised her on the Southside of Chicago with her older sister Veronica.

Jamie began her educational journey at St. Helena of the Cross School. She continued her catholic education at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts HIgh School. Here, she sang in the chorus, served as a class officer for the student council, managed the basketball team, and was an usherette for school productions. After her graduation in 1983, she became an active alumna and would eventually become part of the Mother’s Club when her daughter attended. She continued her education at Loyola University Chicago where she received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1993. With her enduring love for education, she earned her Master of Science in Administration and Security at the University of Phoenix in 2012. Through her education, Jamie became a skillful writer and an avid reader.

Jamie met the love of her life Tony Bentley and they married on May 1,1998. From that union, they had a daughter, Tyler Briana, who she affectionately called “Peanut.” She was the light of their lives. After Tony’s passing in 2006, she fully embraced her new role as a single parent and the challenges she would encounter to make sure she could provide the best for her daughter.

Jamie began her professional career with Loyola University Chicago as an Administrative Assistant and Grant Secretary for 7 years. After leaving Loyola, she worked at Harris Bank as a Bank Officer (1993-2000). She spread her talents around various Sam’s Club locations as an Audit Team Lead,Technology Team Lead, Assistant Manager of Membership and Marketing,Tire and Battery Team Lead, Marketing Team Lead, and Database Coordinator (2002-2012). Through her training at UST Global in 2014, she found her last work home with True Value as a Business Support Specialist.

Jamie was a devout Catholic and attended St. Helena of the Cross Church during her childhood and most of her adulthood until it closed. While at St. Helena, she was involved with many aspects of her parish throughout the years. Initially a junior member, Jamie later served as president for the Altar and Rosary Society which annually held fashion shows and pilgrimages to Holy Hills. In 2008, she became a parishioner at St. Barnabas Catholic Church when she enrolled her daughter in their school.

Jamie was smart and knowledgeable in everything she worked at. She was a hard working, devoted, caring, and selfless person. She loved family time with her mother, sister, and daughter, being around her extended family and friends, going out with her girlfriends, traveling, cruising, trying new restaurants, going to the movies, playing video games, completing puzzle books, and watching football and basketball. She also loved gambling whether that be through lottery tickets or at the casinos in Las Vegas. She truly had a zest for life.

On the evening of Sunday, June 28, 2020, God called Jamie home. She was preceded in death by her husband Tony Bentley and father George Burgess.

In her passing, Jamie leaves to cherish her sweet memory and loving smile: her adoring daughter Tyler; devoted mother Claudia; her loving sister Veronica; several uncles; and a host of cousins and friends.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 10, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

Memories

Jamie Marie Burgess-Bentley

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Laura Altergott

July 14, 2020

I met Jamie through work at True Value Company, she was a wonderful sweet woman who always had a moment to speak with anyone. I will miss our little chats. My deepest sympathies to her family and close friends my God ease the loss of such a wonderful lady.

Valerie Collier

July 9, 2020

I’m still in shock and at a lost for words since I heard that Jamie had left this world. My condolences and sympathy to her mother, sister, and daughter. I will keep you in my prayers. Jamie and I worked together at Loyola University and it was so much fun to come to work with her there. I cherish those times and I am so happy that I have them to remember. Rest in love, Jamie! I will see you later.

Donna Guy

July 9, 2020

Jamie was such a sweet person. She & I would often arrive at work at the same time. I'm glad we were able to chat a bit while waiting for the elevator. She will be missed at True Value! I loved her "Ugly" Christmas sweater from our 2019 Christmas party. I'll share it.
My deepest sympathies to the family.

Sr.Cathleen Cahill

July 8, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you Claudia, Veronica and Tyler. Jamie was a devoted daughter, loving sister and dedicated mother. She was so whole-hearted as a student at Mother McAuley. She would stop by my office with a smile and a wave. She will be missed by many. May she rest in the heart of God and may her memory live on in all who love her. God's blessings console you, Sr. Cathleen Cahill

Patricia Haynes

July 7, 2020

I will always picture Jamie sitting in the auditorium watching rehearsal and waiting for Tyler. I can’t believe her shining light has left us. I know Tyler will find the strength to carry on her spirit. So sad for all who knew and loved her. Thinking especially of Tyler.

Maura Macander

July 7, 2020

I didn’t see Jamie as often over the past few years since Mcauley graduation. Tyler was the light in her eyes and the depth of her breath. She was a truly good and beautiful person inside and out and the world is significantly less bright with her gone from it. Tyler, our hearts and prayers are with you always. We know you will continue to make your parents prouder than ever. ❤️

Lorri Nagle

July 6, 2020

Jamie had a smile unlike any other. It’s one thing that never changed in her life - it was the same in high school as it was when we reconnected as alums. Most recently I loved seeing her at Alumnae events. I will always fondly remember her, but know that the best parts of her live on in her talented and gracious Tyler.

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