On November 23, 2017 Blanche went to Heaven to meet her Lord. She was born on December 7, 1933 to Virgil and Viola Weiss, a little sister for her big brother Bobby. In 1939 her parents bought a home in Lockwood near the river that was called “Poverty Flats”. She attended Lockwood Elementary School, Lincoln Junior High, and graduated from Billings Senior High in 1952.
In 1954 Blanche married Harold Mooney and they bought their first home in Lockwood to raise their three children, Jo (Joyce), Rock and (Clayton) Mike. After being laid off in 1962 from what was called Humble Oil (Exxon today) they took their family on a long summer vacation looking to find a business. Their choice was Twin Pines Merc in Elliston, Montana, 22 miles from Helena. Friendships were made that lasted all their lives and continues in the lives of their children today.
Blanche and Harold were able to build a new life after returning to Billings in 1968. Finally after many out of town jobs, Mooney Painting was created in 1972.
In their early 50’s, Blanche and Harold were able to become snowbirds leaving their son Rock to run the business. In 1992 they retired full time and traveled all across the U.S and saw all 50 states some of them more than once, and several countries in Europe, Canada, Mexico, and so far south as Brazil.
In 1998 they finally bought their home on Norris Court but remained avid travelers until January 2000 when dad passed away in Palm Springs, California, of a stroke.
Mother began her life as a widow by volunteering at St. Vincent Hospital until her health wouldn’t allow her being on her feet.
Blanche loved being with her family and her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She at a young age had taught herself to knit and crotchet. Her whole family and many friends reaped the treasure of beautiful afghans she made. She loved camping, fishing, playing cards and working in her yard. She also loved gambling and her “gambling” family as she would fondly call them. She traveled on many gambling junkets with friends. A few years after Harold died her daughter Jo started a Red Hat group so her and Blanche would always be able to do things together. The Happy Hatters Red Hat Group was created and the group had friends that bonded and retained friendship until the end. Blanche was also an accomplished artist of oil and acrylic paintings and other arts and crafts.
Blanche is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Robert V. Weiss, her husband Harold and her youngest son Mike.
She is survived by her daughter Jo, husband Rick Richardson, granddaughter Erika (Frank), Brittany, Brock, AJ, and Preston Williams. Grandson Hal (Selina), Bayleah and Torsten Richardson. Grandson Kiel (Steph) Savanna, Brayden, Brooklynn and Rylie Ann Richardson. son Rocky and wife Brenda Mooney, granddaughter Elisha (Justin) Alcede Lindell, grandson Earl (Jamey) Ana, Lexi, Charlie, Braxton, Jaxson, Logan, and Kynsie Mooney. Grandson Michael and son Tate. Grandson Dylan Barker, daughter-in-law Monica Chalman, all together 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Eagle Cliff Manor for caring for our Blanche since May of 2016. Special thanks to Geri Dunbar for all her visits and her very special friend Ginny Maust who would visit often, most times bringing special homemade food and pies and gifts to mother. A better friend she could not have asked for.
Services will be held at Heights Family Funeral Home, 733 West Wicks Lane on November 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., reception to follow immediately after services, graveside services to follow reception.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Compassus Hospice, United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.