Blanche Olive (Kvelland) Parr

REDLANDS, Calif. – Blanche Olive (Kvelland) Parr, age 98, passed away peacefully in her sleep of natural causes on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Bellevue Memorial Park, 1240 West “G” St., Ontario, Calif.

Blanche was born April 4, 1916, in Beltrami County, Minn., to John and Annette Kvelland. Blanche was the second oldest of six children with two sisters and three brothers. Later, the family moved to Bricelyn, Minn., where Blanche attended school, graduating from Bricelyn High School in 1934. Blanche moved to California, where she met and married her husband, Malvin Parr, and they had three sons, Malvin, Michael and James. In 1956, the family of five moved to Montclair, Calif. While living in Montclair, Blanche obtained her associate of arts degree in nursing (RN) at Chaffey College and worked at Pacific State Hospital for 20 years, where she retired from. She continued to work as an RN in the private sector home health care for an additional eight years. Blanche was an active member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Ontario for over 40 years and volunteered some of those years at the thrift shop. In 2000, after living 44 years in her home on Poulsen Ave. in Montclair, Calif., she moved to Ontario, Calif. In 2006, Blanche moved to Redlands, Calif., and resided at the Mission Commons Retirement Community until her passing.

Blanche was preceded in death by her mother and father; two brothers, Ralph and Edward Kvelland; two sisters, Maude DeJames and Inez Schmillen; and a daughter-in-law, Pamela Parr.

Blanche is survived by her younger brother, Merton Kvelland; three sons, Malvin Parr and wife, Barbara; Michael Parr and wife, Rene; and James Parr and wife, Carol; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

To her grandchildren, she will forever be known as Mamu, the person who babysat them, and attended ball games. Camping was one of her favorite things to do with her grandchildren and she loved baking them their favorite pies. There are so many great memories of her that it would be impossible to list the favorite or best ones. She had a full healthy life and enjoyed traveling, and having her family and friends around her. Our Mom will be missed and we will love her always.