Blanche was two years old when her parents, Aslaug and Hilberg Haugness moved her and her siblings Helena and Norval from Andennes, Norway to Bellingham, Washington. Later in life James Rundquist was adopted into the family.
Blanche met Kingsley at his family’s grocery store in Bellingham and married in 1944.
They raised two sons, Mark and Lyle and two daughters,Terri and Gale, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren followed.
Blanche and King raised their children devoted to the Church of Christ in Santa Barbara since it’s inception in the mid 1950s Blanche continued with the great congregation in Lompoc. She had a beautiful singing voice and always loved singing at church.
Blanche and King began and ran their successful King Co Camper and Trailer Supply and Repair for most of their years in Santa Barbara, the largest between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Blanche and King traveled around the world, mostly cruises, in their retirement. Dede and Jerry Tharp often were travel partners and close friends.
Blanche was lovingly cared for by her daughter, Gale, in Lompoc for the last five years of her life. She watched birds through sunny windows, often had one of the five cats on her lap and wonderful children Gale’s home to enjoy. She lived within 1/2 block of two grandchildren, their spouses and five great grandchildren.
Final arrangements were made through Neptune Society.
Blanche was supported by Hospice for the last 9 months of her life. they were absolutely wonderful.
Donations may be sent to Hospice in lieu of flowers.