Sunday, December 08, 2013

Happy Birthday Blanche

Today is Cousin Blanche's birthday. She is 94 years old, and doing great. Yesterday afternoon she helped me host for the Ocracoke Historic Homes Christmas Tour. She was a striking figure in her red Christmas finery!

I'm sorry, I didn't get a photo, but here is a picture of Blanche & Amy from two years ago:

Leave a birthday wish, and I will print them out and carry them to her later this afternoon.


  1. Happy Birthday Blanche! Please save a porch rocker for me this coming summer.

  2. Anonymous8:27 AM

    Happy Birthday, Ms. Blanche. Here's wishing you many more to come.

  3. Debbie Leonard8:28 AM

    Hi Blanche! I am a very part-time resident and I haven't met you yet but hopefully I will on one of my trips to the island. Have a wonderful birthday and many more to come!

  4. Anonymous8:49 AM

    94 years, congratulations! What a life story you must have to tell. Enjoy your day.

  5. Anonymous9:14 AM

    I recently foumd this quote.
    "If you live long enough the venerability factor creeps in.
    You get accused of things you never did, and praised for virtues you never had."
    J. F. Stone
    A special birthday for a very special lady!

  6. Mary Ruth Dickson9:22 AM

    Happiest of birthdays Cousin Blanche! You are such a gem of Ocracoke. Thank you for all the help with identifying people and places in my father's (Charlie Jones') pictures from the 1950's.

  7. Anonymous9:36 AM

    Happy Birthday Blanche!

  8. Anonymous11:32 AM

    Happy 94th Blanche, Hope your day if filled with Family & Friends, Always enjoy the parts of the Island History that you share with Philip and he shares with all of us. Hope you have many more great Birthdays!! Nollie

  9. Happy, Happy Birthday, Mrs.Blanche!! I am the granddaughter of Taft & Elizabeth Howard and have had the pleasure of visiting with you often over the last 45 years though not recently. I believe the last time I had the pleasure was some six years ago. I hope you have a wonderful day and I look forward to visiting with you again in the near future! Fondly, Denise Burrus-Ziegler
    daughter of Lorraine Howard & Dale Burrus

  10. Anonymous2:36 PM

    Blanche, I wish you a very happy birthday and many more...and I miss you!

    Joyce Reynolds

  11. Dear Blanche,
    Happy Birthday! I am so happy we have met and spent many hours sharing stories on your pizer. I look forward to many more. I hope your day is wonderful! Many blessings.
    Lou Ann

  12. Anonymous7:39 PM

    Happy Birthday, Blanche,
    Sure wish you had a wonderful birthday!!! May you be blessed with many more!

  13. Anonymous9:23 PM

    Was lovely to hear you speak at an Opray 2 years ago-I have a lovely NC aunty who turned 96 this year. You are amazing ladies. I cut out an article you had contributed to in Our State Magazine about the warfare on the island during 1940s and we read it together this year. Congratulations on another ride around the sun! SueM Macomb IL

  14. Anonymous1:11 AM

    Belated greetings from the wee hours on a frigid night in Pittsburgh, PA, where warm thoughts for your birthday (and thoughts of Ocracoke--as always) are swirling through the air. Best wishes for happy holidays with your family and friends, and a wonderful New Year.

  15. Give Blanche our warmest wishes! I have been busy up here in the mountains with a lot of snow and ice over the past couple of weeks and I wish I had been better about looking at your blog. Arlene and I hope she had a fantastic Birthday and we send all our love to her! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year's Eve celebration, too. Hopefully this summer my wife will have read another interesting book so that we can get a copy for her as well. :-) chances are high... Arlene reads a LOT! Again, Happy Birthday and all the best to all of you! -Robb Foster

  16. Anonymous9:47 AM

    Auntie Blanche, I am sorry I am late with your Birthday. I am living in China and I don't often get to check the news from Ocracoke. I talk to my mum and dad (Elizabeth and Calvin Hanrahan) once a week on the phone. I do check the website sometimes and that is how I came to learn of you. I am sure I've seen you once or twice on the island when I was a young boy, somewhere from 7 to 16 years old, when we'd vacation on the island many years ago. I've grown older now, as happens with most people. I'm not sure I'm much wiser now, but from the stories I've heard you're quite wise and can regale many a folk with stories from your youth. Happiest of Birthdays!

  17. Anonymous1:10 AM

    Belated, but heartfelt birthday greetings to Ms. Blanche. May God continue to bless you! You are such an inspiration! Greetings from NC Mainlander in Person Co, NC.