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Clarabelle Jean Blanchard

Born: 3/20/1923, Hotchkiss, CO
Death: 4/6/2007, Moab, UT
Viewing: 04/13/2007, 6:00-8:00pm
Service: 04/14/2007/11:00am, Moab Baptist Church
Interment: 4/14/2007, Sunset Memorial Cemetery

Clarabelle Jean Blanchard, 84, passed away on April 6, 2007 at Allen Memorial Hospital surrounded by family and all of the loving staff at the hospital. Clarabelle was born on March 20, 1923 in Hotchkiss, Colo. to Lloyd and Jean Short, and was the middle child of 10 siblings. She was married to Frank Bates and they had six children together. After Frank had died, she then married Harley Blanchard who helped her raise her two young boys. Clarabelle held numerous offices for the Ladies of the Elks, worked at the library for many years, and was the president of Little League Football in the 1970s. Dwayne Gwinn included her in the 7th and 8th grade football games during the last few years; she was very proud to be a part of it. Clarabelle and her husband Harley also owned and operated the laundramat in the old Millers’ Shopping Center. Clarabelle has been a resident at the extended care unit in Allen Memorial for the last 10 years. A letter from a staff member at the extended care describes Clarabelle as “a caring, loving, respectful lady who communicates from within her heart. She always gives hugs and kisses to let us know that we are special too. That is how the whole hospital staff knows and loves her. She keeps us on our toes by reminding us on things that we forget or miss as we assist our residents, we answer her ‘Yes, boss, ok, boss.’ She would guide a resident to their room or guard those that like to wander down to the hospital side, or one that is trying to escape. She would have the straws and bibs ready for residents to use at each meal. On laundry days, she would match the socks and we would put them away. Bingo was important! She would get more jewelry and we would tease her and say, ‘You should open your own jewelry store,’ but she wouldn’t agree on it. These are just a few of the things that had been written; we are very proud to know ‘Miss Clarabelle,’ and to be a part of her life. Thank you Clara, we love you.” Clarabelle is survived by sons: Harley (Loraine) Bates of Moab, Jeff Bates of Denver, Colo.; her daughters Wilma (Leo) Collins of Hotchkiss, Colo., Glenna Thomas of Fruita, Colo., and Kathy (Robert) Engstrom of Las Vegas, Nev. She is also survived by her brothers: Ray Short of Delta, Colo. and Don Short of Hotchkiss; sisters Rita Hudgens of Delta, Dorthy Kukuljan of Pueblo, Colo. and sisters-in-law Claudine Jones of Cabondale, Colo. and Gloria Short of Fruita. Clarabelle has 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husbands Frank Bates and Harley Blanchard, son James Bates, special granddaughter Tammy Lammert, four brothers and one sister. A viewing will be held Friday, April 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Moab Baptist Church, 356 West Kane Creek Blvd. Funeral services will be held April 14 at the church at 11 a.m. with a viewing an hour before; interment will be at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Spanish Valley Crematory and Mortuary.

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