Gunnery Sergeant Monica Plank, 34, of Stafford, Va., passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 16, 2014, at Grant Medical Center, Columbus.
Monica was born in Uruapan, Michoacãn, Mexico, on April 29, 1979, to Jaime and Margarita Legorreta Chavez, who survive in North Hills, Calif.
On May 23, 2013, she married Gunnery Sgt. Christopher J. Plank in Jacksonville, N.C., and he survives in Stafford, Va., along with her children, Jocelyn Nuño, Adriana Nuño and Gabriel Nuño; stepchildren, Skylah Plank and Baylie Plank; sisters, Brenda Ochoa of Avondale, Ariz., and Laura Campos of North Hills, Calif.; and a brother, Gustavo Chavez of North Hills, Calif.
Monica was currently on active duty with the United States Marine Corps stationed at Quantico, Va., where she was a Sergeant Instructor at the Officer Candidate School. Having served for 16.5 years, Monica had been deployed to Afghanistan and was a mechanic on Huey and Cobra helicopters, and was a drill instructor at Parris Island, S.C. In her spare time, Monica was an avid runner and had completed several marathons.
A funeral is at noon Saturday at the West Liberty United Church of Christ, West Liberty, where visitation begins at 10:30 a.m. Burial with full military honors provided by the United States Marine Corps is in Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Arrangements were handled by the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, West Liberty, where condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.