Lois Jean Blanton, 88, of Hazleton passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Gibson General Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility in Princeton.

She was born Aug. 2, 1927 in Hazleton, to Elza and Susie (Abel) Byrd.

Lois, after graduating high school attended Vincennes Business College.  She was a homemaker but had worked in her earlier years as a secretary for Prudential Insurance. She lived in Hazleton all of her life and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She attended the Cathedral Church in Evansville.

She is survived by her husband, Matt Blanton; 5 children Sara (Rick) Morrison of Princeton, Linda (David) Skelton of Mt Olympus, Jim (Lora) Blanton of Mt. Olympus, John Blanton of Aurora, IL and Richard Blanton of Evansville; 7 grandchildren, Maria (Jeff) Showalter, Keri (Troy)Compton, Leah (Troy) Moody, Bailey, Jake, Rachel and Luke Blanton, 9 great-grandchildren and 6 great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Ronnie Blanton, grandson Matt Byerly, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton with Pastor Alan Shelby officiating. Burial will follow in the Hazleton Community Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.