Jeanette Low Ng Bentley left this earthly plane on Friday, January 4, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones. It was quite unexpected as she was 89 years young and living independently in the Natomas area of Sacramento.
She was married to Roy Young Ng in 1946 until his death in 1974. While in the Bay Area, Roy and Jeanette were grocers of Roy’s Friendly Market. They moved to Williams in Dec. 1959 with their three children, Roy Jr., Edward, and Sharon, where Roy became a partner at Sav Mor Market. Her youngest child, Paul, was born in 1963.
In 1965, Jeanette and Roy opened Roy’s Supermarket, which was the largest supermarket in town that thrived and employed many of the town’s residents and high school students, including their four children. For 13 years, Jeanette was the Operations Manager making Roy’s Supermarket a successful family business. Roy passed on in 1974. She was remarried to Cleo Bentley. In 1978, Jeanette sold the store and retired. Today, Roy’s Supermarket remains open with its original name…subsequent owners said the name was “lucky” and therefore kept the name intact.
After retiring, she and Cleo traveled extensively throughout the United States by RV, exploring and experiencing the wonders of our country. She had many fun and memorable adventures that she hadn’t been able to have while she was busy running the grocery business.
Jeanette was an active community member in Williams. Some of her accolades include serving as the city’s Treasurer in 1999 and 2000; two terms as president of the CA Peace Officers Assn., Colusa County Volunteer Civic Service Unit; was a graduate of the Colusa County Volunteer Citizens Unit helping female inmates learn about general gardening; volunteered for both the Colusa County Sheriffs Dept. and the Williams Police Dept.; chairperson of the Board, Finance and Trustees of the Parkside Methodist Church, choir and song leader, and teaching Vacation Bible School for ten years. In the early 1990’s, she and Cleo were chosen as King and Queen of Pioneer Day. In 2003 she was nominated by the Delta Theta Pi and selected as the First Lady of Williams.
After Cleo died in 1995, Jeanette continued her travels, embarking on cruises to China, New Zealand, Thailand, the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, the Panama Canal, Italy, and Spain to name a few. She eventually relocated to the Sacramento area in 2006, continuing to do volunteer work with the police department in Natomas and being a mentor for the HOST program for the Natomas Unified School District, mentoring in the nearby elementary school where she continued her love of working with children. She lived in Natomas until her passing.
Jeanette was born in San Francisco on August 4, 1929 to Charles Low and Miriam Vivian Sum Low Fong.
She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Sylvian Chong and Lucinda Quon, her mother, as well as her two husbands.
Jeanette is survived by her four children: Roy Ng and his wife, Joanne of Grass Valley, Edward Ng of Reno, NV, Sharon Joy Ng and her husband, Bill Hale of Lake Wildwood, CA, and Paul Ng and his wife Trisha of Carmichael, CA; grandchildren Scott Jung, Kameron Montgomery, Christy Ng Andersen, Becky Ng Gangl, Cheri Ng Corfey, Rene Ng, and Jaesa Ng McCulligan: great grandchildren, Wyatt Arens, Jacob Corfey, Julie Balassi Kiger, Brandon Balassi, and Parker Mc Culligan; and two great-great grandchildren, Jack and Brodie Kiger.
Interment of ashes will be a private family service at the Williams Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to one of Jeanette’s favorite charities: Paralyzed Veterans of America, Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or the American Cancer Society. ■