August 17, 1926 ~ January 13, 2021

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Barnardsville, NC

Blanche Lanelle Wells Blankenship, 94, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

An Asheville native, Lanelle was a daughter of the late Ladd and Blanche Melton Wells. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Freneau Blankenship; son, Mark Wells Blankenship; sister, Margaret Schuetrum; and brothers, Carl, Forrest and Holmes Wells.

Mrs. Blankenship was a graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School. She retired from the Charles George VA Medical Center and their medical transcription department. She worked there for close to 30 years.

Mrs. Blankenship is survived by her son, John Blankenship, and several nieces and nephews.

A private burial will be held at Cane Creek Cemetery.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Private Burial:

Cane Creek Cemetery
Grave Yard Road
Fairview, NC 28730


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  1. John – We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet mother. Lanelle was such a loving and caring person. You have certainly been an amazing son to her. We will be praying for you. Sending much love.

  2. John: This is your first cousin Gerry sending deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear Mom. I have many fond memories of her and Uncle Freneau in years gone by. Your Mom had a special laugh which I loved to hear. We had some good times, especially the family reunions at Aunt Sis’ home in Fairview at the old home place (now a Food Lion) and the Blankenship family retreat in Barnardsville when the land was divided up after Nanny passed. Special memories. Wish I could have seen your Mom in recent years. That leaves a void. I have not seen you in years. It would be nice to see you. Drop me a reply when you can and we will meet, if convenient for you, at your direction. The years are flying. I can still remember seeing you and Mark playing at the bridge in Lake Lure when you were small and I was handling claims in that area for Nationwide Insurance in the 70s and would drive across the bridge and see the two of you playing there. With deepest sympathy, Gerry.


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