Obituary of Blanche Salmon
Submitted by Carol L. Macdonald January 22, 2001
Eleanor Blanche, daughter of William and Mary Burns, was born in Windsor, Ill., March 20, 1875, and passed away at her home in St. John, Nov. 8, 1945.
When she was five years old her mother died. At the age of seven she came to Kansas with her father and stepmother.
On Oct. 6, 1892, she was united in marriage to Martin Edwin Salmon at Stafford, Ks. To this union were born seven children: Miss Hazel Salmon of St. John, Mrs. Elbert Weir and Mrs. Raymond Falen of Stafford; Kenneth of Denver and Raymond of Winfield; two sons who died in infancy, Roland E. and Donald Edwin.
Her husband preceeded her in death March 30, 1926.
She was a charter member of the Eureka Methodist church, and was active in church work, teaching Sunday school class for many years. She loved her church dearly and was always happiest when serving it. She taught the gospel at home as well, and showed her belief by her patience during her long illness.
After moving to St. John in June, 1942, she transferred her membership to the Methodist church of that city. She spread the spirit of loving cheerfulness and was dearly beloved by all she knew her.
She is survived by two half-brothers, Lloyd Burns of Sylvia and Chas. Burns of St. John; six half-sisters, Mrs. Edna Mangles and Leota Nixon of Hutchinson, Mrs. Bessie Fuller, Mrs. Dora Syphord, and Mrs. Faye Volker of Stafford, and Mrs. Flossie Lamb of California. Tw o brothers Frank and Hurl, two sisters Mrs. Elma Salmon and Mrs. Maude Tull and Paul preceeded her in death.
Besides the five children and eight half-brothers and sisters, she is survived by nine grandchildren and one great grandchild and a host of relatives and friends.
A short funeral service was held at the home in St. John at 1:30 pm Saturday, and one was held at the Eureka church at 2:30 , Rev. C. E. Heltmeyer of Harper officiated and was assisted by Rev. H. C. Atkins of St. John. Burial was in the Stafford cemetery.