Aug. 11, 1917 -- April 17, 2009
BENKELMAN -- Blanche was born near Benkelman, Neb., Aug. 11, 1917, to Edward and May (Cobb) Clark. She went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, April 17, 2009. She was 91 years old.
She attended school in Dundy County, Nebraska.
On Oct. 5, 1938 Blanche and Royce D. Smith were married in Canon City, Colo., where they were both working.
They returned to the family farm northeast of McDonald, Kan., raising their family there. She kept her home immaculate, a home where her husband and children were proud to bring their friends. Blanche was a very good cook, known for her fried chicken, pies and gingerbread with whipped cream topping. Granddaughter, Marsha, said don't forget to mention her German chocolate cake.
Blanche and Royce belonged to the E.U.B. Mayflower Church, north of McDonald. She taught children's Sunday School and Bible School. When that church closed, the family attended the Federated Church in McDonald.
Blanche belonged to the Mayflower Church Ladies Guild, where the ladies met in homes for quilting and Bible studies. Her hobbies were reading and crocheting.
After selling their farm they moved to Goodland, Kan. Royce preceded her in death in 1988. Blanche spent the last several years at Prairie Manor in Sharon Springs, Kan.
A granddaughter, Debra Crocker, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was raised by Blanche and Royce.
Preceding her in death were her parents, brother, Leslie, small sister, Letha and an infant granddaughter, Sharon Denise.
Blanche is survived by children, Joyce (Gary) Meyer, Linda Smith, Rex (Colleen) Smith and Dale (Brenda) Smith; sisters-in-law, Virginia Clark and IdaBelle Harper both of Benkelman; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were April 20, 2009, in the Goodland Cemetery. Pastor Travis Blake officiated.
Pall Bearers were grandsons, Tyrel, Zeb and Spencer Smith and Brian Aumiller, along with great-grandsons Jason Peterson and Cody Crocker.
Bateman Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Memorials may be sent to Bateman Funeral Home, PO Box 278, Goodland, KS 67735.