Blanche Nield

Blanche Marie McMurtrey Nield, 76, of Idaho Falls, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at her home of natural causes.

She was born July 23, 1936, in Idaho Falls to Robert Milton McMurtrey and Julia Fern Brown McMurtrey. She grew up and attended schools in the area, graduating from Idaho Falls High School.

On May 7, 1957, she married Allen Jay Nield in Coltman, Idaho. He preceded her in death Jan. 8, 2004. Blanche was a devoted mother and homemaker.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed poetry, painting, camping and fishing. She especially loved her family and spending time with them.

Survivors are daughters, Karen (Russell) Bass, Terry Livingston, Joni Gallagher (Dave Broussard), Becky Gardner and Kathy (Doug) Halbrook, all of Idaho Falls, Amy (Mike) Wheeler of Rigby and Julie Knowlton (Tom) Dinning of Farmington, N.M.; sons, Barry Nield, Kenny (Lisa) Nield, Kevin Nield and Scott Nield, all of Idaho Falls; brother, Kay (Gayla) McMurtrey of Idaho Falls; sisters, Joan Noble of Elma, Wash., and Judy Price of Rigby; 29 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Nield; a son, Michael Nield; a brother, Robert McMurtrey; a granddaughter, April Wilde; and a great-grandson, Rocky Wisdom.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 p .m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Saturday prior to services, both at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Funeral Home

Wood Funeral Home
273 North Ridge Avenue Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 522-2751

Published in Post Register on Nov. 2, 2012