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Eva Ruth Blanchard


September 6, 2016

(Nov. 16, 1918 - June 25, 2016) E. Ruth Blanchard died in Salem on June 25, 2016. She was 97.

Ruth was born to Roland and Erma Roberts in Long Beach, Calif., on Nov. 16, 1918. She attended schools in Long Beach and graduated from Bend High School in Oregon, where her family had moved when she was a teenager.

She was athletic, and a baseball and tennis player. She went on to graduate from Southern Oregon Normal School (now SOU) and taught in a one-room multi-grade school situated in a caboose near La Grande.

She met her future husband, John Milan Blanchard, in La Grande and they married S...

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