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Merced Sun-Star April 2, 2003

Oct. 25, 1935 - Mar. 28, 2003

Born Oct. 25, 1935 in Crowell (Ford County), Texas. In 1938 she migrated with her father and mother, Virgil M. Bostic and Zeather M. Huckabee Bostic to California. The family eventually settled in Madera, CA. She moved to Long Beach, CA with her family in 1952. She completed high school at Long Beach Polytechnic High School where she met and married her husband, William H. Blanton. They raised two daughters and in 1988, moved to Merced, where they bought a business. Mary was active in church, had a love for quilting and crafts, and a strong zeal for the study of her family genealogy. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1981 and a granddaughter in 1994. She leaves behind a husband William W. Blanton of Merced; a daughter Joy Lynn Miller and her husband Mitchell Miller, both of LaGrange, CA; a daughter Linda Kay Bunker of Merced; and four grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Friday, April 4, 2003 at 10:00am at Merced at Merced Cemetery District. Rev. Napoleon Washington will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Whitton Family Funeral Service.