Blanche LaRue Cantrell, 98, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away May 6, 2017 at the Bloomfield Care Center. She was born March 20, 1919 near Lake Wapello in Davis County, Iowa to Eli Jr. and Ara Ann Bridgeman Smith. She met Walter Max Cantrell while he was working at the C.C. Camp at Lake Wapello and the couple married on July 10, 1937 in Ottumwa, Iowa. Walter passed away on December 21, 1989.
Blanche was an excellent cook and always made sure that guests would never leave the house hungry. She enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family, and listening to Elvis Pressley. She will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her.
She is survived by eight children, Kenneth (Barbara) Cantrell of Drakesville, Iowa, Beverly (Russell) Forsythe, Paul Dean (Connie) Cantrell both of Bloomfield, Donald (Merry) Cantrell of Illinois City, Illinois, Lonnie (Renee) Cantrell of Oelwein, Iowa, Phillip (Donna) Cantrell of Fruitland, Iowa, Bonnie (Fred) Pitman of Newton, Iowa, Rollie (Nancy) Cantrell of Marion, Iowa; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a niece, Freda Huff.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; granddaughter, Shari Forsythe; two brothers, Alva Smith, infant Rosco Smith; and five sisters, Ruth Doll, Elsie Coop, Ora Smith, Beaulah Smith, and infant Virgie Smith.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Russell Harris officiating. Burial will be at the Taylor Cemetery in Appanoose County, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday with the family present to greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. A memorial has been established to the Taylor Cemetery.