Georgia Blank of Billings, much loved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, died peacefully at home at the age of 93. She was born in Cowley, Wyoming on March 21, 1921 to William James Banks and Harriet Amelia Asay. She had five brothers: Dee, Eldon, Leon, Grant, and Lewis, and three sisters: Hilda, Ella and Marjory.
Georgia attended school in Cowley and was an excellent student. She always loved learning and continued her life surrounded by many good books which she turned to when her children needed help with schoolwork. Her father died when she was 16, and she went to work at a canning factory to help support the family. When she was 18, she met Leo Blank. For Leo, it was love at first sight, and they were married on July 3, 1939 in Billings. Their marriage was later sealed in the LDS Idaho Falls Temple. There were five children born to the union: twins William (who died when he was 2 days old) and Robert, Darlene, Linda, and Jean.
Her happiest times were when she was with her children and grandchildren. Many have fond memories of playing games with her. She was very creative when it came to making family times fun.
She was always an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions of service. Work in “her” Billings LDS Temple was a great joy to her. Her life was one of service to her family, her friends, and to anyone who needed help. Her example in this regard has had a great influence on her family.
She is survived by one sister, Marjory Burke of Phoenix, AZ, three daughters; Darlene Averett (Larry) of Murray, UT, Linda Loveland (John) of Billings, MT, and Jean Gates (Stephen) of West Valley, UT, and by 27 grandchildren, 65 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Leo, two sons, William and Robert, by all of her brothers, by her sisters Ella and Hilda and by two grandsons, Kevin Blank and William Loveland.
You will be so missed, Mom and Grandma. But your teachings and influence will always remind us of wonderful family memories.
Services will be held at 11:00 on Thursday, October 23 at the Billings Stake Center of the LDS Church at 2929 Belvedere Drive. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 am on Thursday. Interment will be at the Bridger, MT Cemetery at 2:00 pm on Thursday.