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Georgia Elaine Blanch

Nov. 24, 1927 - Aug. 14, 2022

Date of Service: Aug. 27, 2022

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Georgia Elaine Egan Blanch was born in Burley, Idaho, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1927, to Troy Columbias Egan and Ethel Leigh Campbell Egan. She had one brother, Lorenzo Rowe Egan, and one sister, Helen Schoonover.

She met her husband to be, James Donald Blanch, at the Saturday night dance. They were married in Burley, Idaho, on October 30, 1943. They began their life in Burley, Idaho, and later moved to Nyssa, Ore., on a small dairy farm. After a few short years they had the opportunity to move to the farm where she was residing, five miles West of Burley in the Starrh’s Ferry area.

Their family was joined by three children, Roy Lavern Blanch (Garland) of Jamesville, N.Y., Eddie Gene Blanch (Nancy) of Burley, and Laura Leigh Pettersson (Jim) of Provo, Utah. Through the years their family increased by ten grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints she served in various callings. Two of her favorites were dance instructor with her husband, Don, and Gospel Doctrine teacher. She also served for many years as the Sunday School secretary.

In addition to homemaker, she worked as a bookkeeper for Ida Gem Dairy and Idaho Bank & Trust. After attending night school at Idaho State University in Pocatello, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Education and then taught third and fifth grades in the Cassia County School District at Dworshak Elementary for 27 years, retiring in 1993.

She loved being outside working in her yard, taking care of her home and property from dawn to dusk. She took pride in making it nice. When the two of them decided to add onto the home, she did much of the work. She also took great pride in building a set of shelves, an end table and other furniture.

Georgia took great pride in her children and grandchildren. She loved hearing about their accomplishments and cherished every phone call and every visit, especially at fair time for the rodeo, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother and sister.

Georgia passed away on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, at her home in Burley, at the age of 94.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Star 1st Ward, located at 100 S. 200 W., of Burley, with Bishop Ryan Hobson officiating. Burial will follow at Gem Memorial Gardens in Burley.

Family and friends will be received from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from noon until 12:45 p.m. Saturday, preceding the funeral, at the church.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available and maintained at the following link: https://youtu.be/Z0_mRxccwdQ.

Condolences for Georgia Elaine Blanch

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From Dave & Julee Hicks:
The Blanch Family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. We remember very well working with her on the Blanch line doing Genealogy. She was a wonderful person. Our prayers are with your family.
From Lydia Egan Westover:
To my cousins: Roy, Eddie, & Laura & their families. I’m sorry for Aunt Georgia’s passing, but she’s probably enjoying her associations on the other side. She was a good example of determination & working hard. We enjoyed sharing that we were both teachers. It was great to see her children & grandchildren at the funeral. I pray for your peace & comfort. Love, Cousin Lydia
From Steve Pearson :
We were not able to attend the funeral in person but we were able to view it via the internet link. The funeral was a very fitting tribute to Georgia. She was a very wonderful person. I enjoyed my association with the Blanch family over the years. Our prayers go out to all her family..
From Doug Manning:
Laura - So sorry for loss. I remember your mom as a wonderful person. Our prayers are with you and your family.
From Patricia Beck Habsen:
I have nice memories of the Blanch family in Star ward . I reconnected w Laurie at a Scandinavian celebration in Ephraim, Utah. Laurie remembered her piano lessons from my mother, Annie Beck. We talked that we are both organists in our wards. I send my condolences to the family. Patti Beck Hansen
From Shawna Wolf:
Mrs. Blanch was my 5th Grade Teacher at Dworshak School in 1972. I loved Mrs. Blanch and she was always one
of my favorite teachers. A wonderful teacher who had inspired many students over her long career in Elementary School Education. She will be missed by many. Sending my deepest condolences to her family.
From Dawn Jordan:
Roy, Eddie, and Laura; please accept my sincere condolences with the loss of your mother. She was a beautiful lady and stands as an example of strength and determination. She is an inspiration to me. When I have a hard task ahead of me, I think of her and how she faced challenges. One thing that Aunt Georgia did for me, that warmed my heart and made grief a bit easier, was to send me a birthday card every year since mom passed. Georgia knew I'd be missing mom and took over the birthday thing. It made me feel loved and remembered.
I love you my sweet Aunt, you will be missed. Love, Dawn

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