Marjorie Helen Adams Bentley

January 28, 2014 • Obituaries


BENTLEY-OBITAt age 68, Marjorie Helen Adams Bentley left this world on Jan. 2, 2014. Marjorie was more than just a resident of Roswell. She was an educator and planetarium director for the Roswell Independent School District as well. She was born Aug. 11, 1945, in Greenwood, Miss., to Frederick S. Adams and Gareldine M. Adams.

She attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, Texas. She graduated with a B.A. in Art Education from the University of New Mexico in 1968. She then spent a summer in Oslo, Norway. She taught school in Alamogordo, w[auth] here she met her husband, Loren B. Bentley Jr. They moved to Dallas, Texas, where she worked as a commercial artist. While in Dallas, she gave birth to her two children, Michelle and Loren.

She and her family moved all over the United States before settling in Las Cruces, for many years. She taught school in Las Cruces and El Paso, Texas, before moving to Pasadena, Texas. Eventually, she and Loren found their way to Roswell, where she loved working in the planetarium. She especially looked forward to the summer camps and Alien Festival each year. Her insatiable thirst for knowledge allowed her to earn two master’s degrees and pursue her Ph.D., all at the University of Phoenix.

Marjorie was a world traveler, a pilot, a member of the 99’s, a judo student — who tormented her black belt husband by appliquéing flowers onto her brown belt — a cook, a teacher, a crochet expert, a horse lover, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, an aunt, and a friend.

She opened the world to her children by opening her home to exchange students from all over the world. She taught her children by example and made room in her home and heart for one more child who needed a parent, Alana.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Gareldine M. Adams, and her husband, Loren B. Bentley Jr.

She is survived by her father, Frederick S. Adams Sr.; her children and their spouses: Catherine Michelle Bentley Fox and Robert Fox, and Loren B. Bentley III and Angela Bentley; her foster daughter, Alana Brumbaugh; her grandchildren: Chase A. Fox, Loren B. Bentley IV and Justin Bentley; her siblings: Elizabeth Adams and Frederick S. Adams Jr.; and her favorite cousin, nieces and great-nieces and nephews.

She was a wonderfully creative woman whose talents never ceased to amaze and will be missed. Services will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 3 p.m. at French – Lomas. Services in Roswell will take place at the NMMI Alumni Chapel on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at 2:30 p.m., with interment to follow at South Park Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the American Cancer Association. Please visit our online guest book for Marjorie Bentley at

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