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Crystal H. Blanchard - Bidwell Funeral Home of St. Anthony, Idaho
Crystal H. Blanchard

   Crystal H. Blanchard 94, a lifelong resident of Fremont Co. died Jan. 20, 2009 in the Ashton Living Center.

Mrs. Blanchard was born Apr. 22, 1914 at Ashton, Idaho the daughter of Alma Martin Hansen and Anna Katinka Rasmussen Hansen. She grew up in a bilingual family where English and Danish were spoken. She attended her schooling in Ashton.

She married Delbert A, Blanchard on Feb. 29, 1932 in Kaysville, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS temple. They made their home in Chester where her husband owned and operated the Chester Store and served as Postmaster for nearly 40 years. She was a active member of the LDS Church serving as the Relief Society Secretary for aprox. 10 years. She was also the Chester corespondent for the Fremont Co. News for over 20 years. Mr. Blanchard died Dec. 29, 1981.

Crystal continued to live at her home in Chester until ill health forced her into a nursing home for the last seven years. In her younger years she liked to play basketball, dance, snow ski, later she enjoyed taking care of her yard and flowers and doing genealogy. She and her husband enjoyed traveling to on many trips including Mexico City, Denmark, and western Europe.

She is survived by her children - Shirleen (Hank) Hoeger, Rigby, ID.; Maxine (Russell) Jensen, Salt Lake City, UT.; and Delmont Blanchard, Chester, ID.; 13 Grandchildren, 25 Great Grandchildren 13 Great Great Grandchildren. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by two step daughters , Theron and Zelma, two brothers, 3 sisters and one grandson Jack.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at 12 noon in the Ashton LDS Stake Center Bp. Gordon Williams, Officiating. Friends may call at the Bidwell Funeral Home thursday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 until 11:45 just prior to the services. Burial will be in the Ashton, Pineview Cemetery.

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