Former Fairbanks resident Blanche Burns Osborne Button, 90, died Sept. 28, 2013, in Lakewood, Colo. She was born July 7, 1923, in Nenana, to Alaskan pioneer parents, Joseph E. Burns and Alma Watson Burns. She moved to Seward and Cordova before settling in Fairbanks.
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Blanche spent most of her school years in Fairbanks and graduated from Fairbanks High School where she was one of the 1941 yearbook editors. Blanche interviewed the pioneers of the time and wrote a history of Fairbanks for a contest.
While most of Blanche's school years were in Fairbanks, she did spend her freshman to junior years in Cordova where she met her high school sweetheart and first husband, Norman D. Osborne.
They moved to Seattle where son, John Derek, was born. As a student of the Cornish School of Music in Seattle, Blanche taught piano and composed music. Norman was a casualty of WWII and Blanche and son, John, moved back to Fairbanks to help her dad with the Burns apartments
To the Big Band music of the forties, Blanche met Dale M. Button at Circle Hot Springs and they danced through a whirlwind courtship and were married in Fairbanks in 1947. The Air Force and hospital administration assignments took the family to New York, Texas, Colorado and North Africa. Upon Dale's retirement they stayed in Colorado, living in Montrose, Denver and Grand Junction. Blanche and Dale had more than 53 wonderful years, supporting each other through the death of John Derek and sharing Blanche's musical activities.
After Dale's retirement, they settled in Colorado. Blanche was active in teaching piano, a writer's group and playing bridge. She served as a member and past president of the Colorado Music Association.
Blanche was big sister to brothers, John Edwin (deceased) and Joseph Watson. She celebrated her 90th birthday with a large party of friends and family. Blanche is survived by daughters, Joan Schmitt (Wayne), Denver, Gale Sifford (Kenneth), of Ogden, Utah; Sally Jo Button, of Denver; brother, Joseph Burns (Gloria), of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Tok; five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her first husband, Norman Osborne; son, John Derek Osborne; brother, John E. Burns; and husband, Dale M. Button.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Oct. 3, 2013