First Lady Dianne Bentley
Dianne Jones Bentley graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in bacteriology. She met Governor Robert Bentley during his first year of medical school and they married in July of 1965.
At the conclusion of the Governor’s military service, the Bentleys settled in Tuscaloosa, where he started his dermatology practice. They are members of First Baptist Church and Mrs. Bentley spent twenty eight years teaching Sunday school. She also facilitated a women’s Bible study for thirty years; this group of women continue to serve as faithful prayer warriors. In her spare time, she worked with her local quilter’s guild and they produced products that were shown throughout the state. Each year they would also pick a service project so that their work would positively impact local communities.
The Bentleys have four sons, three daughters-in-law, and seven granddaughters. Two of their sons are adopted but they have been loved so long no one remembers which two.
Mrs. Bentley has chosen to support foster care as First Lady and hopes that the people of Alabama will consider adoption. It is important that all children in Alabama have a forever home and a family to share their life with. It is her passion to visit Alabama’s youth and look for ways to make a difference in their lives.
The First Lady promotes awareness for domestic violence prevention and Family Justice Centers. As an advocate for healthy marriages and families, Mrs. Bentley strives to help every victim feel support and love. If people know what resources are available they are able to make healthy choices. Alabamians, if they stand together, can end this cycle of violence. As a part of this effort, Mrs. Bentley has joined with Verizon Wireless to support HopeLine. This program collects no longer used cell phones and turns them into lifelines for victims. Any phone or accessory can be used and turned in to your local Verizon store.
During her time as First Lady, Mrs. Bentley promotes Alabama by venturing to the state’s tourist attractions and reading to schools. In 2014’s Year of Alabama Parks, the state parks received national attention with her campaign, “Mrs. Bentley’s Bucket List.” When traveling, she also reads books by her favorite Alabama children’s authors to elementary students. She shares with children the importance of reading while informing them of Alabama getaways with Tourism’s Alabama Road Trips book.
If Mrs. Bentley can be remembered for one thing as First Lady, she hopes that the people of Alabama will remember her stand for Christ. After all, the Bentleys feel that they have been called “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14) and always strive to remain in God’s will.