Blanch Hughes Burnett


Malad…Blanch Hughes Burnett passed away September 29, 2018, at the Whispering Pines Care Center in Downey, Idaho.

Following is the obituary Blanch wrote, to be shared at her funeral:

“I was born in Samaria, Idaho on the 11th day of August, 1917, to David Hughes and Elizabeth Ann Thomas Hughes. I was the 10th child of eight girls and two boys. I grew up in Samaria and went to school there, having lots of good times and friends.

Mother died when I was 15 years old and I stayed with Dad. I spent time in Holbrook with my two sisters while meeting many new friends. I met Chester Burnett there, and we were married August 27, 1936 in Holbrook, Idaho. We stayed with Dad some and then moved to Holbrook to run his father’s farm. We received our endowments February 3, 1938, in the Logan Temple.

On the 25th of August, 1938, our first son Terry was born in Malad, Idaho. On September 15, 1944, Timothy was born in Malad, Idaho. And, on January 4, 1954, Randy was born in Malad, Idaho. We have 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren. I have enjoyed them all so much. We moved to Malad when Tim was small and made it our home since.

Chet’s health got bad a few years before his death on September 23, 1998. He died in Oneida Hospital in Malad, Idaho, and he was buried September 28 in Samaria, Idaho.

On June 20, 2003, we lost Randy in a motorcycle accident, while on his way to work. He was buried on June 25 in Ogden, Utah. It broke my heart.”

Blanch’s world came crashing down when Randy was killed. Her heart was broken, but with her faith, friends and family, she lived to be 101 years old.

One of Grandma’s things she loved was visiting with friends and family. She also was faithful in watching her beloved Utah Jazz. She loved the town of Malad and had great anguish when she had to move to the nursing home in Downey. But, after a while, she felt this was her new home.

Grandma loved flowers. The family would like to thank grandson Blaine, for brightening her world with flowers when she was at Downey.

We would also like to thank the Whispering Pines Care Center for taking such good care of Grandma.

Blanch is survived by her two sons, Terry (Sally) and Tim (Karen), also her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by her husband Chet, all of her brothers and sisters, son Randy, and grandson Tayler Sellers.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 4 at 12:00 noon in the Horsley Funeral Home, 132 W. 300 N., Malad, Idaho. A viewing will be held that day from 10:30-11:45. Burial will follow in the Samaria Cemetery.

The family requests that instead of flowers, please send memorials to the Malad Senior Center where Blanch enjoyed many great meals and visits with friends.

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