Blanch was born on a ranch near Dehesa, CA, to Mabel and Marion Logsdon. She was raised in Cardiff, CA, during the Great Depression. She graduated from Oceanside-Carlsbad Union High School, Oceanside, CA, in 1935.
On June 23, 1935, she married Eugene C. Nokes at the First Methodist Church in Oceanside. She and Eugene (deceased) raised four children: Thomas, Harvey, George, and Mary (deceased), in Oceanside.
Blanch and Eugene loved to travel. During the 1960s Blanch and Eugene were foster parents to many newborn children from the San Diego County area.
Blanch enjoyed the coast so much that she lived most of her life near the ocean. She and Eugene were ardent beachcombers, who made interesting creations from their findings. Blanch was a gardener of vegetables and flowers. Her prize winning rhododendron blossoms were the envy of neighbors.
Blanch and Eugene were anglers, and traveled the coasts of Baja California, California, Oregon and Washington, fishing in the surf, bays and ocean. Some of the most memorable trips were fishing for chinook salmon at the mouth of the Klamath River, and catching surf fish and lobster off the rocks along the Baja Calif. coast.
After moving to Bay City, Oregon, in 1974, Blanch developed an interest in painting and quilting, and she had found a hidden talent. She was a founding member of the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook. She created a number of prize-winning quilts.
Blanch also became a talented painter. Her sea and landscape oil paintings were popular and hung in several businesses in Tillamook.
Blanch lived in Bay City, Rockaway Beach and then moved to the Clatsop Retirement Village in Astoria in 2001. She spent the last 3 years of her life at the Clatsop Care Center. Her family is grateful for the kind and loving care that she received by the dedicated staff of the Care Center.
Ocean View Funeral & Cremation Service in Astoria is in charge of the arrangements. An online guest book may be signed at www.oceanviewastoria.com.