Robert Boyd Blanthorn
Wanda Mae Ripley
Robert Boyd Blanthorn was born in Salt Lake City. He passed away in his Susanville home from kidney cancer Aug. 6. Robert was the son of Boyd and Ouida Blanthorn. He was preceded in death by his father Boyd in January 2013. He retired in May 2013 from the State of California, Department of Corrections Health Services – High Desert Prison. Robert had a lifelong love for the rodeo; participating in bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, and team roping. He is survived by his wife Marrina, his sons Jonathon and Dillon, his daughter Marrisa, and his mother Ouida.
A celebration of his life will be held at the house, 476-225 Ward Lake Road, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.
June 22, 1926 - August 9, 2013
Betty McMurphy was born and raised in Virginia City, Nev. She graduated from the University of the Pacific with a bachelor of music degree in piano performance. She married Orlo McMurphy and moved to Susanville, where she gave a piano performance that raised money to build the Susanville hospital. She and her family eventually settled in Grangeville, Idaho where they raised their two children, Lynn and Rose. She worked for attorney Paul Eimers and was a district court clerk for Idaho County for many years.
She started Girl Scouts and Community Concerts in Grangeville. She and her husband retired to Asotin, Wash. then to Corvallis, Ore. She is survived by her two daughters and her granddaughter, Anna. Arrangements are by McHenry Funeral Home Corvallis, Ore.
Wanda Mae Ripley
Wanda Mae (Perdue) Ripley, 89, passed away July 19, 2013 in Banner Lassen Medical Center in Susanville where she received compassionate care and a peaceful passing
Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Ripley; her granddaughter, Wynn Renee Vicondoa; son-in-law, Frank Vicondoa; brothers, Try, Bud and Virgil Perdue; sisters, Virgie Davidson, Jewel Tiner, Jane Burpo, Irene Herring and Goldie Hayes; and parents, William and Dovie Perdue.
She is survived by her daughter Brenda Vicondoa, of Susanville; grandson, Tommy Joe Vicondoa, of Carson City; brother, Ira Perdue Paragould, of Arkansas; sisters Evelyn Daughtery, or Collierville, Tenn.; and twin sister, Wilma Rae Harm, of Phoenix, Ariz. Local family, nephew, Keith (Barbara) Tiner, of Janesville; and niece, Doris (Ken) Kaiser, of Lake Almanor. Wanda was also blessed with many other nephews and nieces and family members who she loved dearly.
Wanda was born on a farm in Clay County, Ark., Aug. 2, 1923. She enjoyed talking about her childhood and telling people how self-sufficient it was growing up on the farm. She knew farm husbandry and the skills for growing and preserving food. She said the only thing they did not do for themselves was make flour from their grain crops, which they took to the local mill and brought home as sacks of flour. Everyone worked hard, but she spoke of those years as joyful and fulfilling.
She married Edward Ripley in 1940 and had a daughter. Ed joined the Navy in 1943, and Wanda and her daughter joined him in Anacortes, Wash. after he was stationed there at the naval base on Whidbey Island.
In 1946, the family moved to Susanville where Ed worked at Lassen Lumber and Box Company. After the mill closed, they found work in other lumber towns until 1988 when they moved back to Susanville to be close to their daughter’s family.
After 52 years of marriage, Wanda was a widow for 21 years, during which she fought hard to overcome the disabilities cause by arthritis. She spent her years enjoying family and friends, especially children.
Wanda was buried beside her husband, Ed, in the Janesville Cemetery with a graveside service Aug. 17, 2013. Donations may be made to the Soroptimist Club of Susanville, P.O. Box 442, Susanville, CA, or an organization of your choice.
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