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Martha Bentson

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Martha M. (Marty) Bentson, formerly of Fargo, N.D., died Sunday, July 12, 2009, in the Frazee Care Center, Frazee, under hospice care.

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Marty was born Jan. 25, 1921, in Abbeville, La., the ninth child of Dora (Davidson) and Edward Lampman. She graduated from high school and nursing school in Beaumont, Texas. She entered the U.S. Navy in 1942 as a registered nurse and served on the hospital ship USS Repose in the Pacific Ocean Theater during World War II, an experience leaving a lasting impression. It was during her military service in China where she met U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel B. Charles Bentson. They were married Dec. 23, 1946, in Oakland, Calif. They moved to Fargo in 1949, when Chuck accepted the head basketball coaching position at the North Dakota College of Agriculture (NDAC).

In addition to raising her family of three children, she began a long nursing career at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Fargo. She was especially committed to her work, respected for her attention to detail and devotion to her patients and the medical profession.

Marty is survived by her children, Mike (Raenelle) Bentson, Fargo, Greg (Connie) Bentson, Grand Rapids, and Barbara (Ken Hiller) Bentson, Chaska, and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck, her parents and her eight siblings. Her family wishes to thank Martha's personal caregivers at the Pioneer House Assisted Living Center in Fargo and at the Frazee Care Center, her former colleagues at the Fargo VA who inspired her, and her dear friends young and old who gave her their love. Marty brought smiles and laughter to everyone she knew.

A family celebration and interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., alongside her husband.

Memorials can be sent to: Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, 800-222-2294, www.womensmemorial.org.

Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com. West-Kjos Funeral, Detroit Lakes, is handling arrangements.

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