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     Emily Kay "Emi" Blanchard, age 36, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin due to the complications of child birth.

     Emi was born January 21, 1977 at Manchester, Iowa to Paul and Nancy (Paschal) James.  Growing up on an Iowa farm, Emi enjoyed nature and fostered her 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, Emi was currently enrolled in on-line courses, allowing her to be a devoted wife and mother.  Always eager to help others whenever there was a need, she will be remembered by many as the kind, cheerful service desk associate at the Webb City Walmart where she worked for many years.  Emi was an active member of Christ's Church of Oronogo.

     On November 1, 2011, at Joplin, Emi married Andrew Blanchard, and he survives, of the home.  Also surviving are 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 & Jeanine Paschal, Oelwein; a sister, Jenn James, Minneapolis, Minnesota; three brothers, Aaron (Amanda) James, Oelwein, Adam (Rachael) James, Farmington, Minnesota, Justin (fianc√©, Kayla) James, Janesville, Iowa; parents-in-law, Richard & Peggy Blanchard, two brothers-in-law, Daniel & Jacob Blanchard of Lamar; two sisters-in-law, Jinnifer Loum, Springfield, and Megan Blanchard, Lamar; three nephews and four nieces.  She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Kenneth & Violet James, and a niece, Brianna Dawn James.

     Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, October 25th at Christ's Church of Oronogo with Pastor Ken Ansley officiating.  Burial will be in Oronogo Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until noon Friday at the church.


#9 Joplin, MOEric Carl 2013-10-29 21:37
Oh Emi... I've owed you a real apology for a long time, but pride prevented me from speaking it. Though I only met you in 2002, I have always considered you a real friend, a true friend. I'm sorry I wasn't a better friend. You're forever missed.
#8 Shawano, WISamantha Herrmann 2013-10-25 07:08
Praying for understanding in this time of sorrow.

For Emi:
Our lives go on without you, but nothing is the same. We try to hide our heartaches when someone speaks your name.
Sad are the hearts that love you, silent the tears that fall. Living our hearts without you is the hardest part of all.
You did so many things for us, your heart was kind and true, and when we needed someone we could always count on you.
The special years will not return when we were all together, but with the love within our hearts, you will walk with us forever.
For Carson and Eleana:
Your mother is always with you. She
#7 CARTHAGE MO.BRENDA & JERRY NALLY 2013-10-24 18:00
Father we ask in the name of Jesus that you would embrace EMIS loved ones. We know that this life is not the end we know better things await but for the ones left behind there is pain and sorrow and a longing to have our loved ones with us.Please be with them through the lonely times and be their strength when they feel too weak to carry on. Father please be their peace in the pain and sadness. AMEN
#6 Webb City MissouriMary Wetherell 2013-10-24 11:28
A great friend! She is missed very much! My prayers are with Andrew, Carson, and Eleana!
#5 up the streetVicky Pachlhofer 2013-10-24 09:17
Andrew, I am so sorry. I wondered why I hadn't seen you guys out walking. If I can do anything to help, just let me khow.
#4 Liberal, MoAnna Rea Morris 2013-10-24 07:02
Praying for God to wrap His Loving Arms Around this Family and to give them Strength, Comfort and Peace. My Heart and Prayers are with you all. Much Love to all. God Bless!! RIP Emi...
With Deepest Sympathy
Anna Marie(Rea)Morris
#3 Cindy Keiderling 2013-10-23 14:26
My Thoughts and Prayers to you and your Family.
#2 Connie & Gary White 2013-10-23 13:12
Praying for strength for the family in this time of loss.
#1 LamarGene and Joy Armstrong 2013-10-22 17:27
The family is in our prayers.

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