By HDN Staff
EUREKA Blanche McManus-Taft, 95, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001 at a Whitefish hospital of natural causes.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Eureka. Rosary will be 7 p.m. Friday.
Taft was born to Jack and Mae Murray McManus March 30, 1905 in Eureka. She was a life long member of the Catholic Church.
Taft earned her BA from Western Montana College in 1939 and her master's degree from the University of Washington in 1955. She was an educator in Montana for 48 years. She taught at rural schools in Lincoln County and ended her career as professor of English emerita at Western Montana College.
Upon retirement, Taft enjoyed sewing, gardening and her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane Taft; brother, Frank Graves.
Survivors include her sister, Leona Lenarz; stepsons, David Taft of Great Falls and Bruce Taft; nephew, Jack Graves; nieces Chris Lucero of Havre, Carol Workman, Jan Corneiluson; sister-in-law, Clara Graves; numerous great-nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Nelson and Vial Funeral Home in Eureka.