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Blanche (Spencer) Hollinger

1910 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Blanche (Spencer) Hollinger Obituary
September 8, 1910 - August 30, 2015 Known to her daughter and grandchildren as the "rubber grandma", Blanche led an incredible life banishing obstacles. Born in Nebraska in 1910, put up for adoption as an infant when her father died and mom could not support 5 kids, traveled to Los Angeles on the old "Board Highways' across the desert from Texas, met the love of her life in Inglewood. Roc would make the pre-freeway drive from Inglewood to Pasadena almost daily to see Blanche. Married in 1929 prior to "The Depression", Roc was drafted for WWII at age 37 and spent two years as a tank gunner in Europe starting in 1943. Blanche worked in the Laura Scudder's potato chip factory to make ends meet for she and son Jim while Roc was in the service. Roc returned with a purple heart from Europe and they moved to a larger house and sent Jim off to Occidental College. Two years after he left for school, daughter Janice arrived much to Blanche's consternation. What 43 year old woman has an infant in 1953? Roc went on to become the Auditor of Los Angeles County retiring in 1968. They would send Janice to Occidental in 1971. Blanche felt being a parent later in life kept her young. She and Janice were inseparable speaking on the phone very day.. In 1960, Roc called Blanche and told her "she had bought a house." At the top of Hastings Ranch, the house on Carriage House Road was a showplace and the center of a lot of entertaining. Blanche was a consummate hostess and her cocktail recipes live on 55 years later. The house was always immaculate and Blanche made it look easy. An excellent bridge player well past the century mark in age, Blanche, Roc and Janice traveled the world after Roc's retirement. She cherished travels with her Grandchildren to Alaska for two weeks and a cruise to the Mexican Riviera for New Years in 1999. She was a part of family vacations to Pismo Beach on the sand where she could look out and see the kids playing. We visited Arizona, Yosemite, Death Valley, Las Vegas and other places as a family with Grandma in tow. She became the "rubber grandma" for surviving two mastectomies, a couple of other cancer scares and some falls that required rehabilitation. A frequent quest at daughter Janice's house on Sunday nights, Blanche could be counted on to enjoy a glass of champagne. Husband Roc died in 1997 after 66 years of marriage. Both Son Jim and Daughter Janice predeceased her. Five grandchildren and four great grandchildren survive her. She epitomized the dominating spirit of the early settlers in western America. Blanche was very clear in her beliefs and opinions, we were fortunate to be on the right side of them for our lifetimes. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 9 to Sept. 13, 2015
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