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 Blanche Mary <I>Shields</I> Bennett

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Blanche Mary Shields Bennett

  • Birth 27 Sep 1899 Wapello County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 2 Jun 1976 Wapello County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 31378696

Mary Blanche Shields, daughter of, John Newton and Almeda Christina (Lathrop) Shields.

Mary Blanche Shields was her original name, but she went by the name of Blanche. Her oldest son Kenneth Christy changed her name from Mary Blanche to Blanche Mary by accident on his military papers and that how she became Blanche Mary Shields.

Mary Blanche Shields siblings are:

Orville Ellsworth, Carl Rayburn, Edgar Lester, and Wilbur Shields.

Blanche Mary Bennett, 76, died Wednesday at 12:20 a.m. at St. Joseph Hospital in Ottumwa after a long illness.

She was born Sept. 27, 1899 in the Wellman Community of Wapello County to John Newton Shields and Almeda Christina Lathrop Shields. She was a Blakesburg resident most of her life. Surving are one son, Lt. LaVerne Bennett of Concord Calif., one brother Wilbur Shields of Ottumwa and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Lafe Christy and Ralph Bennett.

The service will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Knedler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gerald Ogden officiating. Buial will be in the Wellman Cemetery, June 2, 1976.

Blanche Mary Bennett married Lafayette C. Christy on October 2, 1918. Lafayette Christy is the son of Johnathan and Amanda Elizabeth Benge Feagins Christy.

Blanche Mary Bennett and Lafayette C. Christy child is:

Kenneth Christy

Mary Blanche (Shields) Christy married Ralph Waldo Bennett in 1938 in Montana. Ralph Waldo Bennett passed away on April 1978 in Long Beach, California.

Mary Blanche (Shields) Christy and Ralph Waldo Bennett child is:

Newton LaVerne Bennett

Family Information contributed by family member:

Yvette E. (Byrum) Aune and Verne Bennett

Tombstone Photo contributed by family member:

Michele R. (Byrum) Ball


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Blanche Mary Shields Bennett (27 Sep 1899–2 Jun 1976), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31378696, citing Wellman Cemetery, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Yvette Aune (contributor 47044096) .