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JOPLIN-Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Christ’s Church of Oronogo for Emily Kay “Emi” Blanchard, 36, Joplin, who died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin due to complications of childbirth. Pastor Ken Ansley will officiate. Burial will be in the Oronogo Cemetery.


Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until noon, on Friday.


Arrangements are under the direction of Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar.


A memorial service will be held in Iowa at a later date.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Carson and Eleana Blanchard Fund, in care of the funeral home.


Condolences may be sent at www.danielfuneralhome.net.


Survivors include her husband, Andrew Blanchard, of the home; a two-year-old son, Carson Blanchard and a newborn daughter, Eleana Rose Blanchard; her father, Paul James, Stanley, Iowa; her mother, Nancy James, Oelwein, Iowa; maternal grandparents, Bob and Jeanine Paschal, Oelwein, Iowa; a sister, Jenn James, Minneapolis, Minn.; three brothers and their wives, Aaron and Amanda James, Oelwein, Iowa, Adam and Rachael James, Farmington, Minn. and Justin James and fiancé Kayla, Janesville, Iowa; her parents-in-law, Richard and Peggy Blanchard; two brothers-in-law, Daniel and Jacob Blanchard, Lamar; two sisters-in-law, Jinnifer Loum, Springfield, and Megan Blanchard, Lamar; three nephews and four nieces.


Her paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Violet James, and a niece, Brianna Dawn James, preceded her in death.


Mrs. Blanchard was born Jan. 21, 1977, at Manchester, Iowa, to Paul and Nancy (Paschal) James. Growing up on an Iowa farm, she enjoyed nature and fostered a God-given talent for growing any type of plant or flower. After high school she attended Ozark Christian College in Joplin and SMSU in Springfield, earning degrees in business and horticulture. A life-long learner, she was currently enrolled in on-line courses. She was a service desk associate at the Webb City Walmart, where she had worked for many years. She was an active member of Christ’s Church of Oronogo.


She married Andrew Blanchard on Nov. 1, 2011.


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