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Gertrude Marie Raetz Blankenship Morden

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April 20, 1918 - April 3, 2015

Gertrude Blankenship Morden passed away the morning of Good Friday, April 3, 2015, at the home of her daughter in Dixon, after a long illness. Gertrude was a third generation Californian born in 1918 to Martin Raetz and Annie Norton in Nevada City. She was awarded a scholarship to San Jose State Normal School but chose to marry Azz Blankenship in 1942. They lived many places in Northern California, but settled in Yuba City.

She was actively involved in her church and daughters' schooling. She was a woman of faith who lived it on a daily basis. She was widowed in 1973 and nine years later married Bert Morden a man she had known in high school. When he died in 2002, she moved to Burney, California. She was well loved by her friends and relatives and will be missed. She was still reading novels and doing crossword puzzles until December.

She leaves daughters Connie Cleckler (Eddie deceased in 2011) of Burney, Nancy Blankenship of Dixon, and Ora Blankenship Kleis (George) of Anderson. Grandsons Damon Cleckler (Priya), Courtney Cleckler, Paul Fuchslin (Kiby), and David Fuchslin (Jocke); and three great grandsons Govind, Brennan and Blake. She also left two step children and families in the Seattle area.

As per her request, there will be no service.

She will be interred at the Sutter Cemetery next to her husband Azz.

In lieu of flowers-spend time with your family/loved ones and show them how much you care for them. Mother would have liked that. We would also like to thank the Woodland Palliative Care nurses and staff for their care and support.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Apr. 17, 2015
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