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Bentleys Mark Annivesary, Visit Friends Locally

Couple moved to White Salmon in 1950

Pete and Frances Bentley were married in Nampa, Idaho, in 1949 and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 21, 2009.

The couple moved to White Salmon in 1950, where they called home for more than 50 years. Mr. Bentley worked for Mansfield's Hardware while serving on city council and as fire chief for many years.

Mrs. Bentley worked at the cannery and elementary school while hosting a slue of pinochle parties.

They were active members in the community and of the United Methodist Church. They were selected as May Fest king and queen and were members of many groups like the Elks, Odd Fellows and Rebekah's.

In 2004, they sold their home of 50 years, that Mr. Bentley built on Center St. next to the little league ball fields and moved to Sierra Vista, Ariz., to be close to family.

The couple are currently in the White Salmon area visiting friends and family through July 5. They will be staying both at Les Donaldason's home in Dallesport and at Bugs and Rainey Hill's home in Trout Lake during their visit.

They can be reached through their grandson, Bill Pullum, (520) 227-0357.

"Over the years, they've taught me so much... about love, friendship, honesty and integrity...about what it means to be a person of their word," said their grandson Bill Pullum, of White Salmon. "At times, I've failed, but never once have they not been there with open arms and words of encouragement, understanding and patience; a true constant in a world full of variables and for that I'm grateful."

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