Blanche Ekwall

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Blanche (Bell) Ekwall passed away peacefully in Lehi, Utah, on February 1, 2015, in the company of family. Blanche was born July 17, 1931, in Sheridan, Wyoming to Edwin Lockett Bell and Quentin R. Gowey. She graduated from Holy Name School and Sheridan High School. Except for a short time in Chicago, Illinois and Minneapolis, Minnesota, for school, Blanche spent her entire life in Sheridan until her declining health required her to move to Utah and closer to family. Blanche spent most of her professional career as a laboratory technician with Sheridan County Memorial Hospital spanning over 30 years.Blanche took great pride in her family. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, John Edwin Bell. She is survived by a daughter, Rose (Cita) Heaton (Wayne) of Heber, Utah. She lovingly claimed five grandchildren; Jennifer Wilburn (Robert), Evanston, WY; Andra Bruce (Matthew), Sandy, UT; Charles Heaton (Angela), Cottonwood Heights, UT; John Heaton (Rachel), Oklahoma City, OK; and David Heaton, Taylorsville, UT. She was the proud great grandmother of thirteen descendants, Brandon Wilburn (McKaylee), Cedar City, UT; Bradon Yorgason (Samantha), Provo, UT; Kolten Yorgason, Orem, UT; Baylee, Aiden and Chloe Bruce, Sandy, UT; Annabelle, Ruth, Reginald, and Charles Heaton, Cottonwood Heights, UT; and Gabriel, Porter and Quentin Heaton, Oklahoma City, OK.Blanche was a member of Holy Name Parish, the Council of Catholic Women, and St. Joseph’s Circle. She enjoyed reading, travelling, talking on the phone to family and friends, and playing cards. She frequently played cards with friends at the Senior Center in Sheridan.A private family service was held in Utah with arrangements through Wing Mortuary in Lehi, UT.A graveside memorial service will be held at the Sheridan County Municipal Cemetery, on Monday, February 9, 2015, at 2 pm. Kane’s Funeral Home is attending to local arrangements. Friends may pay their respects at Kane’s Funeral Home prior to the service starting at 1 pm.Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.

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