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Blanche Marcella Petty was born on her family’s homestead in the countryside of Weiser, Idaho on May 26,1921. She spent her elementary years in Weiser, and her teen years in Nampa, then moving on, to Hwy. 69 in Kuna, Idaho.
Blanche is a graduate of Kuna High School, Class of 1939. During school, she traveled by bus with her teamates to Chicago for a national baseball championship tournament. She then spent many years rooting on, the Meridian Warriors & Kuna Kavemen while supporting her children & grandchildren’s sports teams. We hope to donate her senior yearbook to the new history and arts center being created by staff at the City of Kuna.
While living on Hwy 69 in Kuna, Blanche became friends with her neighbor Iva Mae Hedberg. They spent their free time playing baseball in the field, and one day, Iva’s brother Lloyd joined in the game. Blanche ended up marrying Lloyd Earl Hedberg at the pastor’s home in Caldwell, Idaho on January 11, 1941. A snow blizzard covered the ground, and while on their ride home that night, they slid off into a snow bank and the groom and Blanche's brother, Hezekiah Petty had to dig them out. Good thing Blanche was married in a wool pantsuit earlier that evening.
In her early adult years, Blanche & Lloyd farmed near the banks of the Boise River, in Eagle Idaho, as well as the ground we all came to love on the corner of Hwy 69 and Deerflat Road in Kuna. Blanche and Lloyd raised seven kids: Michael “Mick”, Marion “Pete”, Marcella “Cella”, Melvin “Mel”, Marvin “Dude”, Martin “Marty”, and Maresa Merry.
Blanche had many hobbies and interests. She raised homing pigeons for racing competitions and doves for fun. She spent many nights on the CB radio communicating with friends and family. Her call handle being “Polly Perk”, and Lloyd’s being “Iron Sides”. Blanche rode motorcycles through the foothills of Boise Idaho and even won a blue Yamaha motorcycle in the 1960s. Blanche fished and camped on a regular basis with some of her favorite spots being Cascade Lake, Little Camas Reservoir, CJ Strike Reservoir, and Herrick Reservoir. She was an experienced gardener raising food to eat and flowers for enjoyment. She passed down her green thumb to her kids and grandkids. Blanche was a bowler, and a good one at that. She bowled in Boise for 35 years. She spent many seasons bowling with the Broom Hilda’s, a women’s team she was fond of.
Blanche was an eager sports fan. You could find her cheering on the Boise State Broncos to NASCAR to horse racing. Often times telling the TV or radio what she thought of the most recent play. She enjoyed raising animals, from cats & dogs to cows & chickens. Wherever she was, there was bound to be a 4 legged friend nearby.
Blanche was proud of her family and enjoyed visiting with them at events and holiday get togethers. She got a kick out of being a G (grandma), GG (great grandma), and most recently in September, a GGG (great great grandma). She is survived and ever loved by:
Mick & Bobbi, Robyn, Rachel, Cami & Tyler, Renn; Drew; Gabe & Delane, Jessica, Brady, Scott, Ashlyn; Pete, Shaun, Connor & Hunter; Amy & Greg, Tanner, Trevor; Marcella, Stacee & Dave, Justin & Amanda; Jared & Candida; Jett & Coley; Shellee & Carson, Tacee & Layne, Jade; Heidi, Bradee, Laramee, Zeauxee, Harlee; Mel, Matt & Simi, Henry, Micah; Danny & Lynn, Tiger; Suzanna & Dennis, Julia, Erin; Dude & Lynn, Jennifer & Ryan, Izzie, Acie; Mandi & JR, Lane; Marty & Debbie; Maresa & Joe, Natasha & Nick, Wilder; Jaden; Sean & Sara, Cooper, Emma; Jenny & Janson, Asher, Bennett, and Archie.
Memorial contributions may be made in Blanche's name to the Idaho Commission for Library - Talking Books Service. Donations can be made on line @ https://Libraries.Idaho.Gov/donations or mailed to: Idaho Commission for Library - Talking Books Service 325 W. State St., Boise, Idaho 83702