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Blanche E. Smith 1912-2012

Blanche E. Smith, 100, of Perham, died Nov. 17 at Perham Living. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, beginning at 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Perham. Visitation will be Monday, Nov. 19 from 4-6 p.m. at Schoeneberger Funeral Home with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will take place in the Perham Village Cemetery.

Blanche was born on July 30, 1912, the daughter of Preston W. and Alfare E. (Johnson) Hill in Richfield, Minn. Blanche participated in every sport she could in school, lettering in all of them and going on to set many sports records. After high school, Blanche was united in marriage to William M. Smith on Dec. 29, 1933. She worked as a nurse at St. James Nursing Home in Perham and the Otter Tail Nursing Home, rural Battle Lake. Blanche loved keeping up with current events. She read about three books a week along with local newspapers and Time and National Geographic maga-zines. She will be remembered for her positive attitude, her kindness and thoughtfulness, and her gracious spirit.

Preceding Blanche in death are her parents; husband; daughters, Elizabeth Edwards and Mary Ruth Sutton; grandson, Donald Eugene Cook Jr.; brother, Benjamin Hill; and sisters, Clara Lessard, Genevieve Schwartz and Janet Graham.

Surviving Blanche are her daughters, Jean Lillis of Perham and Cathy Batman of Perham; brother, David P. Hill of California; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, is handling the arrangements. For online condolences, go to