WEST LIBERTY – Gunnery Sergeant Monica Plank, 34, of Stafford, Virginia, passed away Sunday morning, February 16, 2014, at Grant Medical Center, Columbus. Monica was born in Uruapan, Michoacăn, Mexico, on April 29, 1979, to Jaime and Margarita (Legorreta) Chavez and they survive in North Hills, CA. On May 23, 2013, she married GySgt. Christopher J. Plank in Jacksonville, NC, and he survives in Stafford, VA. Also surviving are her children, Jocelyn Nuño, Adriana Nuño and Gabriel Nuño, step-children, Skylah Plank and Baylie Plank, sisters, Brenda Ochoa of Avondale, Arizona and Laura Campos of North Hills, California, a brother, Gustavo Chavez of North Hills, California.
Monica was currently on active duty with the United States Marine Corps stationed at Quantico, VA, where she was a Sergeant Instructor at the Officer Candidate School. Having served for 16½ years, Monica had been deployed to Afghanistan and had been a mechanic on Huey and Cobra helicopters, and was a drill instructor at Parris Island, SC. In her spare time, Monica was an avid runner and had completed several marathons.
Funeral services will be held at the West Liberty United Church of Christ, West Liberty, Ohio, on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 12 noon. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:30am to the time of the service. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty with full military honors provided by the United States Marine Corps.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. The EICHHOLTZ DARING & SANFORD FUNERAL HOME, West Liberty, Ohio, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com