Blanche Stambaugh, 88, of Astoria, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, in Astoria.

She was born June 26, 1920, in Fielding, Ky., to Frank and Susan (Brickey) Lyon. She was raised in Kentucky and Ohio.

On Sept. 5, 1948, she married Rev. Glen Stambaugh in Walla Walla, Wash. He survives, residing in Astoria. The couple moved to Clatsop County in 1975.

Mrs. Stambaugh was a school teacher and homemaker.

Family members said she was very involved in church activities. She loved to garden and knew all the scientific names of flowers.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Sue Berry of Astoria and Meribeth Stambaugh of Hillsboro; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Lowell Stambaugh of Naselle, Wash., Glen and Betty Stambaugh of Texas and Les and Jane Stambaugh of Dillingham, Alaska; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Stambaugh of Astoria; 11 grandchildren, Gretchen Mather, Amie Saarheim and her husband, Mike, and Billy Pinkstaff, all of Astoria, Josh Saarheim and his wife, Tiffany, of Japan, Serene Stambaugh of Seattle, Gusty Stambaugh of California, Zach Stambaugh of Yakima, Wash., Emily, Ben and Andy Stambaugh of Portland and Bethany Devita of Tucson, Ariz.; three great-grandchildren, Alexis and Matthew Mather and Sophie Saarheim, all of Astoria; and a sister, Sarah Mathes of Salem.

She was preceded in death by two brothers.

A memorial has already been held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the American Alzheimer's Association, in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.

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