Blanche D. Thurston, 90

OSWEGO, NY – Blanche D. Thurston, 90, a resident of East Eighth Street in Oswego, passed away Tuesday May 1, 2012, at Oswego Hospital.

Mrs. Thurston was born in Piedmont, Alabama.

She was the daughter of the late Lee Roy and Nettie (Nabors) Dempsey.

Blanche D. Thurston
Blanche D. Thurston

She married her husband, Frederick Thurston, on October 28, 1941.

Prior to her retirement, she was self-employed as a seamstress.

She served many local clients and had formerly worked for Lambrino’s Dry Cleaners.

Mrs. Thurston was a communicant of St. Paul’s Church.

She enjoyed cooking, and making quilts.

She especially loved spending time with all of her family.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Frederick; three daughters, Dian Chellis of Warners, Susan (Harold “Pudge”) Batchelor of Oswego and Alesia (Dennis “Oly”) Johnson of Oswego; a sister, Helen Ledbetter of Piedmont, Alabama; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Paul’s Church.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at the  Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, 112 E. Second St., Oswego.

Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.


  1. Fred and family, our condolences go out to you at your loss of blanche. Fred and blanche were close friends of our parents and dear, dear friends of our entire family. We often think of Fred and blanche and will always remember blanche as the consummate southern lady. Our prayers are with your family at this time.

  2. Fred and family, i am very sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful women and will be missed by all. I remember all the good times from being part of your family at one time, and the infectious smile she always had. Again she will be in my prayers and il miss that friendly voice in my mind, Jeff was very fortunate to have her as his Grandmother.


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