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Martha Cox Bentley

June 27, 1933May 8, 2021
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Martha Cox Bentley of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on May 8, 2021 at the age of 87. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alma and Percy Cox, and her husband, Donald Michael Bentley, Sr. She is survived by her children, Donald Michael Bentley, Jr., Lee Bentley MacLeod (Ewen), and Anne Bentley McCray (Joel).

Known as “Boolay” to her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchild, Daniel, Jacob, Catherine, Calum, Annie, Lindsey, Griffin, Meredith, and Caroline; she was an endless source of wisdom, support, advice and good cooking.

She grew up in Ridgeway, Virginia, where she had great friends, was involved in many community activities, and was even crowned Miss Ridgeway. She graduated from Radford College, and was teaching school in Roanoke when she met and married Don. She and Don later moved to Williamsburg, where she continued to teach before choosing to stay home to raise her family. She later returned to work to help Don run WMBG/WBCI.

She was a member of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was also a longtime member and a past president of the Williamsburg Chapter of the AAUW.

In her later years, she enjoyed dinner, outings, and playing bridge with her “girls’ group.” She was always eager to discuss politics and current events with them, and with her children and grandchildren. Martha was a true beauty and a lovely woman, cherished for her graciousness, intelligence and quick wit. She will be missed by many.

The family will receive visitors from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, Va. 23188. Online condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.

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    Saturday, May 22, 2021

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KRISTIN MULLANEY

May 18, 2021

When I think of Mrs. Bentley, I think "fun" and "lively". My favorite memory is her chiding Michael when he teased me for being a Yankee, since I was born in New York. His mother told him, in the thickest Southern accent, "Now, Michael. Don't tease Kristy about being a Yankee. She can't help it!"

I can't imagine her not smiling. A very special lady. Michael, Lee, and Anne, I am so sorry for your loss.

Gwen Bullock

May 16, 2021

Loved your mom. She and your dad were my favorite “employers”back in the day. I enjoyed all of you. Praying as you go through this difficult time. I know how hard it is to lose your mom.

Winnie Fratkin

May 12, 2021

Michael, Lee, and Anne,

We were saddened to see that that your mom had passed away. She was such a dear and kind lady. I have memories of her welcoming me to the Williamsburg community after Barry and I were married in 1967.

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Winnie

Jim & Randee Trimble

May 12, 2021

Martha was such a wonderful neighbor of ours in Kingspoint. We so enjoyed her company many times during Tuesday evening dinners out with dear friends and neighbors living on Northpoint. Her quick wit and friendly face will be missed but remain in our memories.

Ron Peele

May 12, 2021

Mrs. Bentley,
You understood us better than we ever did and in your charming Southern way, you let us figure it out. We will miss you and are grateful for the lessons learned.

Ron Peele

Corky Coursen

May 10, 2021

Mother Bentley,

You are the nicest person I have ever known. We consistently tested your patience in our youth. The biggest regret is that I lost touch with you and your family in later years.
You are and always will be my second mother.
Thank you so very much, you will be missed.

Corky.

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