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Blanche B. Oakley, age 89, of Kahoka, MO, died Sunday, September 24, 2008 in the emergency room of Keokuk Area Hospital, Keokuk, Iowa.

She was born September 21, 1918 at Sarben, NE, the daughter of William and

Pearl Herron Osborn

She and Fred M. Oakley were married in Grant County, NE, in 1934. He preceded her in death on January 1, 1985.

Survivors include her only child, Verna Baker and her husband, James, of Kahoka, MO; three grandchildren: Denise Kruse of Eagan, MN; Leonard Baker of Wayland, MO, and

Crystal Bohnenkamp and her husband, Jeff, of Montrose, IA; eight great-grandchidlren:

Adam, Matt, Derek and Rachel Kruse, Dalton and Nathaniel Baker, and, Jacob and Zachary


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a brother, Cecil Osborn.

Blanche lived most of her life in Nebraska where she was a housewife and farm wife.

She was a member of the former Peace Lutheran Timber Creek Church in Belgrade, NE, and a

true Cornhusker fan. She and Fred moved to Houghton, IA in 1982 to be near her daughter and son-in-law and their family and following Fred’s death, Blanche lived in Argyle and eventually in the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka where she could be closer to Verna. She was always an excellent cook and was known for her Sunday dinners of fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and raisin cream pie. In later years she really enjoyed watching TV, particularly

Wheel of Fortune, Bob Barker and other game shows and soap operas. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. Family was always the most important thing in her life.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 27, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Charles Hammack officiating. Visitation was held at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m Tuesday with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m. Memorials were suggested to the Clark Co. Senior Center.

Graveside services were held Saturday, March 1, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at Belgrade Cemetery in Belgrade, NE. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, February 29, 2008, at the Palmer Funeral Home in Fullerton, NE. Memorials there were suggested to the Belgrade Cemetery.

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