Florence “Granny” Louisa May Blancher (nee King)
August 23, 1918 – September 3, 2015
Florence (Granny) Blancher’s family would like to announce her sudden yet peaceful passing at Hospice House on September 3. She was predeceased by her husband, Sandy, step-daughter, Velma, sister, Victoria, brothers, Emerson, Kingsley and Robert and granddaughter, Chrissy. Florence is survived by her five children, Brian Blancher (Lisa) of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Penny Ouchi (Seiko) of Kamloops, BC, Bonnie Getz Watt (Robert) of Kitchener, Ont., Dale Moyer Bradford (Robert) of Ingersoll, Ont. and Lee Blancher of San Leon, Texas and sister-in-law, Elaine King of Milton, Ont. Florence is also survived by her nineteen grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 11 great, great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Granny was born and grew up in Chatham, Ontario. She lost her mom when she was three, but she was very close to her father. Granny loved and excelled at school. In her late teens, she started working and held jobs as a bookkeeper and secretary, while enjoying many adventures with her friends and cousin, Francis. Later, Granny became a farm girl, raising her family in West Oxford. After she and Sandy left the farm, Granny loved working at The Sentinel newspaper in Ingersoll. In 1974, Sandy and Granny moved out west to Barriere, BC and later settled in Kamloops where she often helped daughter, Penny, with her home daycare.
Granny was an avid reader and loved doing her crossword puzzles. She was an amazing seamstress, sewing everything from dolls clothes to formal dresses for her granddaughters. She was a dedicated Blazers’ fan, holding onto her season’s tickets right up until this year. Granny was also a long-time supporter of the Booster Club, earning her 15-year pin for her loyalty. She traveled on many bus trips and sold 50/50 tickets. She lived and played at Desert Gardens, where she loved card games and special events, belonged to the Ladies’ Auxiliary and counted the daily till for the Oasis Café until her 96th birthday! Granny loved to travel and was always up for an adventure, travelling to the Caribbean, Honduras, Mexico, Texas and many trips around Canada. Her most recent trips included Vancouver, O’Keefe Ranch, Davison Orchards, baseball games in Seattle and camping at the Shuswap.
Granny was a feisty, happy person who touched everyone she met. She was very social and loved to chat and share stories. Granny will be missed by so many. Many thanks for the love, care and respect shown to Granny by all family, friends, High Country Home Care, staff at RIH and Hospice House and Dr. Chip Bantock.
A celebration of Granny’s life will be held on Sunday, September 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Desert Gardens (540 Seymour Street). Please feel free to wear bright colours to honour Granny’s sunny disposition! As per Granny’s request, cremains will be placed at a later date in Chatham, Ont. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Senior’s Community Centre (Desert Gardens), 540 Seymour Street, Kamloops, BC, V2C 2G9, telephone (250) 372-5110 or to Marjory Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home 72 Whiteshield Crescent, Kamloops, BC, V2E 2S9.