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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Blanche E. Calhoun, 91, of Coudersport, formerly of Shinglehouse and Oswayo, PA

Blanche E. Calhoun
Blanche E. Calhoun
“loving mother and grandmother”

COUDERSPORT, PA---Blanche E. Calhoun, 91, of Coudersport, formerly of Shinglehouse and Oswayo, PA,  passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, in the Skilled Nursing Facility of Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

Born on May 14, 1924 in Raymond, she was a daughter of Floyd and Myra Galpin Perkins. On August 30, 1941 in Ulysses, she married Warren H. Calhoun, who passed away on June 13, 2001.

Mrs. Calhoun was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School. She was employed by the former Midland Optical in Coudersport and later owned and operated Blanche’s Cut ‘N Sew Fabric Shop in Sharon Center. Blanche served as the activities director at the former Hewitt Manor in Shinglehouse.

Blanche was a charter member of the Hebron Union Church in Coudersport. She served as a monitor at the Hebron Center Christian School. 

She loved to cook and bake. She was an accomplished seamstress and quilter. Her greatest loves were her family and the Lord.

Surviving are a son, Ricky D. (Amanda) Calhoun of Friendship; three daughters, Jan K. (Dave) Clark of Noblesville, Indiana, Jayne R. (Jim) Buchanan of Shinglehouse, and Barbara L. (Harold) Kiel of Genesee; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna (Robert) Watson of Olean, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Calhoun was predeceased by five brothers, Dorr Perkins, Rueben Perkins, Robert Perkins, Lloyd Perkins, and Floyd Perkins, Jr.; and six sisters, Elizabeth Hamilton, Myrtle Smith, Gertie Freelove, Phyllis Thompson, and Ruth Tambash.

Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, from 2 to 4 p.m. only on Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, December 21, 2015 with funeral services following at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor emeritus of the Hebron Union Church, officiating. Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hebron Center Christian School, 1149 SR 44 North, Coudersport, PA 16915.

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