Blanche Marie Stewart Wince, 96, of Valley Mills, Parkersburg, W.Va., passed away at her residence, Aug. 24, 2013, having been cared for by her loving family during her lengthy illness.
She was born July 8, 1917 to Perry and Julie Anne Stewart. She had 12 siblings, two of which died at birth. She is survived by her last sibling, Rev. Perry Stewart, Jr. of Vienna, W.Va.
She graduated from St. Marys High School in 1937 and St. Joseph's School of Nursing as a registered nurse. She was a dedicated and caring nurse and was known for her tenderness as she cared for her patients. She would still have been serving if her health had permitted. She was one of the first nurses to work with Hospice when it first was getting organized. Blanche practiced nursing for 40 years having been at Jonesville Hospital Ohio, Millersburg, Ohio, New Martinsville, W.Va., Sistersville, W.Va., Jacksonville, Fla., St. Joseph's Hospital in Parkersburg, and Marietta Memorial in Ohio.
Among her hobbies, she loved tending spring flowers, was always looking for poems for her scrapbook and loved listening to gospel music, especially the Gaithers and Guy Penrod. She taught herself to crochet in the 1940's and many babies wore her sweater sets as well as many families received warmth from the afghans she blessed them with. She loved giving gifts, both material and monetarily.
She married Charles J. Wince of Finch May 31, 1941. They celebrated nearly 71 years together until his death May 26, 2012. He was the love of her life and she was his. In addition to her brother, Perry, she is survived by two daughters, Judy Underwood (companion Kenny Waggoner) and Carol Anderson (Bob), all of Parkersburg; a son, Terry Gene (Sandy) of St. Marys; daughter-in-law, Judy Wince of Rockport, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Charles Gary; granddaughter, Nicole Underwood; and grandson, Chad.
She was a member of Waverly United Methodist Church for 47 years taking an active part visiting the sick, taking food to them, giving moral support and contributing monetarily.
Services will be Thursday, 2 p.m. at Waverly United Methodist Church, with Pastor John Frum officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Finch, W.Va. Visitation will be Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, and Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Waverly United Methodist Church or Housecalls Hospice.