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Pearl M. Bentley

April 23, 1947 ~ September 17, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old

Pearl Bentley Obituary

Pearl Marie Bentley, 76

Pearl Marie Bentley, 76, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2023, at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville, Idaho. She was born on April 23, 1947, at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville, Idaho to Robert (Bob) and Lois Stewart Bentley. She had one brother, Morris Bentley. Family was with her as she transitioned to her Heavenly Home. Pearl passed suddenly due to complications of Type 2 Diabetes and Renal Failure. Pearl lived most of her life in the Grangeville area.  She came home from the hospital to live on the family farm on the Point and lived there until starting school when the family moved into Grangeville. Pearl attended school in Stites from 1956-1959 when her family was farming outside of Stites. The family then moved back to Grangeville. She graduated from Grangeville High School in 1965.  Pearl attended Beauty College in Moscow, Idaho, and first worked as a cosmetologist in Orofino. She returned to Grangeville and began her 20+ year career in the dietary department at the Idaho County Nursing Home. She worked her way up from tray girl to cook.

Pearl loved to cook and enjoyed making delicious meals.  Her signature baked goods were banana bread and cowboy cookies. Her favorite past time was going out to eat with her friends.

Pearl, who never married nor had children, dedicated her life to caring for her parents and volunteering for Veteran and community service organizations.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 60 years.  The pride of her life was to serve as the state president of the American Legion Auxiliary from 2008-2009. Pearl was the Unit 37 (Grangeville) Auxiliary Secretary/Treasurer and State Second District President at the time of her death. Pearl also loved the Rebekah’s and served as the Mizpah Rebekah Lodge No.12 Secretary/Treasurer for many years and held this office at the time of her death. Pearl was a member of the Eagles and the 8 and 40. The 8 and 40 is a lady’s service organization dedicated to helping children with respiratory illnesses. Pearl served twice as the State President and in various other offices for the 8 and 40. Pearl loved Jesus and was a Christian. She belonged to the Grangeville Christian Church.

Pearl loved to travel. Most of her travel was to attend American Legion Auxiliary Conventions. She visited cities all over the country including Hawaii. Pearl frequently went to Boise for the Auxiliary. She enjoyed the great shopping and the wonderful restaurants. She was “mother” to many cats and loved everyone’s dogs. Pearl was truly “proud to be an American” and deeply loved her county.

Pearl is survived by her only sibling, Morris Bentley, and sister-in-law, Katrina of Grangeville.  She has one niece, Heather Hall of Suwanee, Georgia and four nephews, Rob Bentley (Tiffany) of Lewiston, Idaho, Jeff Choate (Janet) of Austin, Texas, Jon Choate (KayCee) of Meridian, Idaho and Zach Choate (Jennifer) of Lexington, Kentucky. Pearl loved her cousins like siblings. She is survived by 12 cousins, mostly living in Idaho. Pearl is survived by 7 grand nieces, 8 grand nephews and one great grandnephew.

Pearl was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Lois Bentley, aunts and uncles, 13 cousins, and one grandniece.

The family wishes to thank all of those who have loved Pearl as friends and co-workers in the American Legion Auxiliary, 8 and 40 and Rebekah’s.

In lieu of flowers please send memorial donations to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 37 care of the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center. 318 E. Main, Grangeville, Idaho, 83530. 

Celebration of Life will be held Friday, September 29, 2023, at 10:00 am at the Blackmer Funeral Home, 305 Mill Street, Grangeville, followed by burial at the Prairie View Cemetery. After the burial there will be a luncheon and giveaway at the Eagles Aerie 539 at 218 North C Street, Grangeville. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home. Send condolences to the family to


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Funeral Service
September 29, 2023

10:00 AM
Blackmer Funeral Home
305 North Mill St.
Grangeville, ID 83530


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