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Blanche Louise Davis

March 16, 1923 - June 26, 2018


Blanche Louise (Pilcher) Davis passed away on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018, after 95 years of life. Blanche was born in Antlers, Oklahoma, on March 16th, 1923, to Tom and Hattie (Ellis) Pilcher. Much of Blanche’s childhood was spent in Oklahoma, growing up in the midst of four brothers and three sisters. Fallout from the Great Depression forced the family to relocate to Jefferson, Oregon in 1936. There Blanche met and married her high school sweetheart, Wilbur LeRoy (Roy) Davis in 1941. Blanche followed her husband during his various Army postings while he served in World War II and the Korean War. After leaving the service, they settled in Valsetz, Oregon, a Boise Cascade logging town, and raised their daughter Diane. Blanche and Roy then lived in Salem until they bought their first house which sat on a small peach orchard in Dallas, Oregon. Here Blanche was able to indulge in her love of gardening and homemaking. She was very active in the Order of Eastern Star, holding many offices during her lifetime, both at the local and state level. She was also a member of Daughters of the Nile. Her other hobbies included sewing, knitting, quilting, and other creative hand work.

Blanche is survived by her daughter Diane Weatherspoon, brother, Gene Pilcher, grandchildren Lynette Smirnov and Bradley Warren and great grandchildren Zachary Smirnov, JD Warren, Natalie Warren and Jake Smirnov.

The viewing is being held at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services (605 Commercial Street SE, Salem) on Thursday, July 12th from 2:00-5:00 pm. Graveside services will be held at the Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt Scott Blvd, Portland, Oregon at 9:30 am on Friday, July 13th, 2018. Memorial Services will be held at the First Christian Church, 685 Marion Street NE, in Salem, Oregon, on Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at 11:00 am with reception to follow. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to Cancer Research in care of Naomi Chapter #22/Jolene Rankin, 573 E Ellendale Avenue #36, Dallas, Oregon, 97338, or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, in care of Nydia Temple #4/Paulette Schlee, 515 KE 136th Street, Vancouver, WA 98685. 

 

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Memories picking and eating fresh peaches at their farm in Dallas, as a child. At the same farm, admiring Blanche's gardening, quilting, and fantastic cooking! Her husband Roy's logging stories were fascinating, as well as his gun collection. Many lives were touched in her 95 years of life!



Memories picking and eating fresh peaches at their farm in Dallas, as a child. At the same farm, admiring Blanche's gardening, quilting, and fantastic cooking! Her husband Roy's logging stories were fascinating, as well as his gun collection. Many lives were touched in her 95 years of life!   I also remember Blanche inviting my daughter Katie, now 30 yrs old, to a tea party with her cousins at her house in south Salem. Thank you for loving all who knew you!