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Alamogordo, NM - Donna Jane Blankenship Bentley, 72, passed away on October 24, 2013 in Alamogordo, New Mexico. She was born on June 24, 1941 in Bryson City, North Carolina to James and Willabelle Penland Blankenship.
Donna proudly served her country in the United States Army and Army Reserve for 28 years. She retired with the rank of Master Sergeant on June 24, 2011.
Survivors include her husband, William J Bentley Jr. of Alamogordo, NM; daughter, Tonya Harris and husband, Joel, of Yampa, CO; son, Don Pursell and wife, Lisa, of Greenville, SC; stepchildren W. John Bentley and wife, Christine, Mark Bentley, Kristen Bentley Naidoo and husband, Len, and Tom Pursell; granddaughters, Emily Harris, Ashley Via and Mikayla Pursell; step grandchildren, Sean and Caitlyn Bentley, Charissa and Brianna Bentley, Lauren, Audrey and Max Naidoo and Robert, Michael and Nathan Pursell; great grandson, Jacoby Via; brother, J. Herschel Blankenship of Bainbridge, WA; sister, Clair Blankenship Catts of Erwin, TN; nieces, Katy Beaumont of Savannah, GA, Jillian Bateman, Amber Auspurger and Lacey Blankenship of Bainbridge, WA and Laurie Markle of Knoxville, TN; and her nephew, Ron Markle of Fresno, CA.
She was preceded in death by parents and her stepbrother, Charles D Woodard.
Memorial services were held at the family home.
The Bentley family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation has taken place at PCS.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Oct. 29, 2013
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2301 1st Street Alamogordo, NM 88310