Blanche (Motichka) Neal

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Blanche Neal, age 98, of Everett Washington, passed away May 19, 2018. She is survived by children: Judith (Randy) Stewart of Puyallup WA, Susan Holdeman of Everett WA, Carol (David) Bruce of Juneau AK, Douglas (Cynthia) of Bellingham WA, Larry of Washougal WA, Tom of Everett WA, and Sara (Jim) Boyer of Kent WA, daughter-in-law Susan Neal of Roy WA, and many grand and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald, son Lee, son-in-law Dick Holdeman, daughter-in-law Eileen Hayes Neal, and beloved siblings Ada Ruth Colwell and Roy Motichka of Idaho.

Blanche was born in Columbia Falls, Montana, to Charles and Nellie Motichka. The family moved to Idaho where she graduated from Salmon High School with honors. She completed business training at Kinman Business University in Spokane and later attended State College of Washington in Pullman.

Blanche married Don in Wrangell Alaska August 11, 1941 and they lived in Douglas 29 years. Initially she worked as lead secretary at the Subport. After Don joined the Army and was stationed in Adak, Blanche became a full-time homemaker. Eventually eight children were born and raised in Douglas, Don became chief of electronics at Alaska Coastal Airlines and they enjoyed building two homes in Douglas, hunting, fishing, and gardening.

In 1970, the family relocated to Washington where they were active in the Seventh Day Adventist Church and she enjoyed quilting, gardening, and chatting with friends and family. Don and Blanche were married 51 years when he passed away in 1992. She moved to Roy and later to Everett to live near her children.

Blanche will be buried beside Don in the Ray Family Cemetery in Auburn Washington. At her request, there will be no public service. A Celebration of Life will be held for family members at a later date. For more info or to leave condolences, go to
Published in The Juneau Empire from May 30 to June 29, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills
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