LaVerba Blandford, 78

LaVerba Blandford, 78, died Friday, May 23, 2003, in Amarillo.
She was born Oct. 23, 1924, in Portales, to Alice and A.K. Scott.
She grew up in Portales and graduated from Portales High School in 1942. On May 28, 1942, she married Buck Blandford. During World War II she was employed at B&J Drug. In 1956, she moved to the Riverside/San Bernardino area in California. Shortly after moving to the area, she worked at the first Taco Bell restaurant. She and her husband owned a coffee and donut shop in Riverside. After studying art, she worked for Cabin Craft, a mail order company, painting household items. In 1986, she retired and moved to Conchas Dam. She was active in the homemakers club there, and belonged to a craft club in Tucumcari. She often worked at the Book Exchange in Conchas. She was a member of the Conchas Lake Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, L.A. Scott and Charlie W. Scott; and three sisters, Rachel Gilbhar, Nadine Franks and Lucille Hambleton.
Survivors include her husband, Buck Blandford, of the home; two daughters, Sharon Arnett of Deming and Pam Crum of Yucaipa, Calif.; a brother, O.D. Scott of Artesia; a sister, LaVerne Johnson of Roswell; and five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel. The Rev. Leon Bruce will officiate, assisted by Sean Arnette and Darwin Thompson.
Burial will follow at Portales Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tim Hodges, Heath Hodges, Bryan Johnston, Tye Bell, Mark Dillard, Saul Arnette, Sean Arnette, Scott Crum, K.C. Fitzwater and J.R. Fitzwater.
Honorary bearers will be all other family and friends.
Memorial contributions be made to the Conchas Dam Ambulance Fund, Conchas, N.M. 88416.
Wheeler Mortuary of Portales is handling arrangements.

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