Blanche E. Drew, 87, of Bethalto, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at her home. She was born on Oct. 21, 1927 in Bethalto, the daughter of Jacob and Sylvia (Richardson) Gaither.
She married Henry L. Drew on May 26, 1956, in Alton. He preceded her in death on Jan. 30, 1981.
Blanche was a secretary for Cox Furniture Co. in St. Louis for 30 years. She was a member of the Bethalto Church of God and the Professional Business Women’s Club in Alton. She enjoyed traveling, gospel music and most of all spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by a brother, Howard Gaither of Augusta, Ga.; her nieces and nephews, Gary (Wanda) Bourland and Beverly Rhodes, both of Bethalto, Debbie (Danny) Smith of Enid, Okla., Bob (Debbie) Hamilton, David Hamilton and Ricky Hamilton, all of Bethalto, LaVonne (Roger) Beale of Peach Tree City, Ga., Ronnie Gaither of Georgia and Dolores Felt of Augusta, Ga.; a cousin, Jimmy (June) Coffey of Success, Mo., and many great-nieces, nephews as well as many great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Everett Bourland and Mildred and Pete Hamilton; and two nieces, Sharon Lawrence and Linda Gammel.
Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at the funeral home with Brother Don Arnold officiating.
Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.
Memorials may be made to the Bethalto Church of God.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.