Blanche Robords, of Arkport

ARKPORT- Blanche Robords, 88, passed away at home Monday morning (Jan. 18, 2016).


She was born on April 30, 1927 in the town of Urbana to Earl and Gussie Barkley. She was one of six sisters. Blanche was married to Lewis “James” Robords on September 10, 1949 at the Arkport Presbyterian Church, where they were active members.


Blanche is survived by her devoted husband, James, their six children, Dianne (Bob) Jones, Arkport, N.Y., William of Dansville, N.Y., Virginia (Dale) Mecomber of Skaneateles Falls, N.Y., Karen Kelly of Hornell, N.Y., Brian (Patricia) of Arkport, N.Y., and Douglas (Aziz) of North Brunswick, N.J.  Also, her 21 adored grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren plus one great great grandchild due this month.


She was pre-deceased by her parents and siblings.


Blanche graduated from Arkport Central School in 1945, where she met and then fell in love with her husband of 66 long years, James. Despite working as a secretary prior to marrying Jim, she chose to spend her years as a homemaker and raising her children.  Blanche was a 4H leader to the Good Luck Gals for many years. She loved to spend time with her husband square dancing, bird watching and traveling to tropical places while even trying snorkeling and white water rafting. She was a member of the Ladies Home Bureau and Bowling League.  In her later years she enjoyed reading, sewing, playing cards (she was a “card shark”), gardening and putting up nets to keep the birds (grandkids) out of her blueberries.  She also loved going to her grandchildren, then later, her great grandchildren’s sporting events, cheering as loudly as she could. Blanche lived a long and full life. She was loved by many.


The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Blanche Robords.


Calling hours are 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell where a funeral and committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with Richard “Dick” Russell officiating. Interment will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport.


In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to the Arkport Presbyterian Church, 15 Main St., P.O. Box 6, Arkport, N.Y. 14807. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.


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