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Vilma L "Vel" Biggerstaff Blain
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Birth: Mar. 6, 1927
Death: Feb. 16, 1997

Vilma L. 'Vel' Biggerstaff Blain
06 March 1927 - 16 February 1997


1st wife of:

George R. Blain
(July 07, 1928 - June 08, 2010)

George R. Blain, age 81 of Joplin, Mo., formerly of Orange County California, passed away at his home 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Born July 7, 1928 in Delaware, Ohio, he was son of the late Dewey and Georgia Converse Blain.

For 37 years, he owned and operated a janitorial business in Orange County, and for ten years, worked for the Yorba Linda (Calif.) School District.

He was also a professional artist. He did watercolor, pencil, oils, painting portraits, animals and landscapes.

A U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War, he served overseas in Japan.

He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

He volunteered at Spiva Art Center, as a guide for George Washington Carver National Park, and as a reader of Joplin RVIII School District.

George actively supported Alcoholics Anonymous.

He married Vilma L. (Vel) Biggerstaff Blain on December 24, 1952 in Joplin. She preceded him in death on February 16, 1997.

He married Margaret Helen (Mimi) Holder Blain on May 16, 1998. She preceded him on July 28, 2006.

Four sisters and three brothers also preceded him in death.

Survivors include a son, Kirk D. Blain and wife Linda of Anaheim, Calif.; a daughter, Susan J. Collins of Paola, Kan.; a stepson, Howard E. Willis, Jr. of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Carole Wofford and husband Rickey of Diamond, Mo., Linda Gill and husband Wayne of Pensacola, Fla.; a brother, Russell Blain of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Patricia Radke of North Carolina; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 16th at Fellowship Baptist Church in Joplin with Rev. Steve Grace officiating, after which, the family will receive friends.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association or Alcoholics Anonymous in care of the mortuary.


City County
Joplin (map) Jasper County
Joplin Newton County



Name Birth Death Last Residence Last Benefit Issued
VILMA L BLAIN 06 Mar 1927 - 16 Feb 1997 (V) 64804 (Joplin, Jasper, MO) (none specified) Missouri

MARGARET H BLAIN 25 Mar 1926 - 28 Jul 2006 (V) 64804 (Joplin, Jasper, MO) 64804 (Joplin, Jasper, MO) Oklahoma


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  George R Blain (1928 - 2010)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Orlena
Record added: Jun 12, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53613418

- Orlena
 Added: Jun. 12, 2010

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