Blanche Kay Webber

Born: Fri., Jul. 31, 1914
Died: Fri., Jul. 16, 2010

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Blanche Kay Webber – a former Helix resident died on Friday, July 16, 2010 at a care facility in Redmond, Oregon. She was 95 years old. Viewing will be held between the hours of 2:00 and 8:00 PM on Tuesday, July 20th at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. A Graveside Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at the Helix Cemetery. A gathering will follow the service at the Eagles Lodge in Pendleton. Contributions in memory of Blanche Webber may be made to the Helix Grizzly Booster Club, or the Pendleton Eagles Auxiliary, and may be sent directly or in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Sign the online guestbook at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Blanche was born on July 31, 1914 in Lathrop, Missouri to Charles and May Dykes Kay. She was raised in Clay County, Missouri, and attended Lafiette High School. In 1932 she moved away from Missouri to follow construction work, which she did for 13 years, working in Shipyards. As Blanche put it, she had been "a little bit of everywhere". On August 18, 1935 she married Harry McBee in St. Joseph, Missouri. The couple later divorced. Mr. McBee preceded her in death in 1959. In 1942 she moved to the Helix, Oregon area. She married Velmer D. Webber on April 16, 1955 in Yuma, Arizona. Mr. Webber passed away in 1969. Blanche had worked at shipyards, canneries, school cafeterias, babysitting as well as being a housewife. She said she had "done a little of everything". She began working in the Helix School in 1962 as a cook, cook helper and a teacher's aid, helping with the children. She retired in 1974, but continued to work on-and-off at the Helix School, whenever they needed an extra hand. She had been a member of the Savanna Avenue Baptist Church since age 13. After moving to Helix she became a member of the Helix Community Baptist Church. She had been a Ladies Aid member at the Baptist Church in Helix for around 30 years. She was a member of the Eagles Lodge #26 in Pendleton for over 25 years. Her hobbies included craft-making and dancing. Mrs. Webber is survived by her daughter Marlene Schnell of Newell, Iowa, sons; Gene and wife Karen McBee of Prineville, OR, Gerald and wife Darcie McBee of Umatilla, OR, Don and wife Mary Webber of Redmond, OR, daughter-in-law Rhonda McBee of Westport, WA, 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her; first husband Harry McBee, second husband Velmer D. Webber, sister Lucille Stalder, son Jerald McBee in 2008, and one grandson.

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Bill & Pat Inman
   Posted Fri July 23, 2010
Bill and I are sorry we were out of town and unable to come to Helix for Blanche's memorial. Blanche taught us many things when we lived next door to her in Helix and was an important part of our life. I will always remember her with a great affection. I know she is dancing in heaven at this very moment with no pain and that wonderful sunny smile on her beautiful face. We'll miss you Blanche. Love Bill and Pat Inman

barb swart
   Posted Sat July 24, 2010
Boys, my thoughts are with you. Blanche was part of my life in Helix. Not much went on that she didn't know about. The last few years I was not in touch with her, but I have lots of memories. That woman LOVED to dance. Didn't matter who her partner was. She and Webber had their own style of dancing. She was a real character, and was always willing to help others. She is probably up in heaven asking my dad Herb Williams,to play the song "Coconut Grove", as it was one of her favorites I believe that was the title.and trying to get my mom, Leola, to keep time to the music.. She will be missed by many. Barbara Williams Swart

nicole Kruetzfeldt
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
Hard to believe grandma you have been gone now for almost 3 years. wished i knew you better :-) But at least i got to know you some. Miss writting you.

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