Married to Dr. John D. Bentley; they have four children.
Member: National Council for Accreditation on Teacher Education Board; National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; International Agency for Instructional Technology, executive committee; United Way of America, region chair; National Assn. of State Boards of Education, past president; Parents as Teachers, national board; former member and president, Missouri State Board of Education; former member and president, Springfield Board of Education. Awards: Assn. of Junior Leagues International Mary Harriman; Women's Division, Chamber of Commerce, "Women Who Made a Difference." Elected to the Senate: 1994.