Blanche Leona Johnson Baskett
Blanche Leona Johnson Baskett, 91, of Mt. Vernon died 
1:19 p.m. June 18, 2006, at Salem Township Hospital in Salem. 

She was born Oct. 5, 1914, in Opdyke to Starkey (Fonzo) and 
Sophia (Atchison) Boyle. She first married Herbert Edward Johnson 
Sept. 30, 1933; he preceded her in death Dec. 18, 1972. She later 
married Francis Baskett Aug. 27, 1977; he preceded her in death 
Aug. 14, 1987. 

She was raised and schooled in Bonnie. She was of the Baptist faith 
and was a homemaker. 

Survivors include two daughters, Zenoba and husband Charles R. Monroe 
of Salem and Euvera Sumner of Vero Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren, 
Wade Sumner and wife Anna of Carey, N.C., Clay Monroe and wife Vickie 
of Salem, Zenoba Joy Monroe-Harris and husband Ken of Tampa, Fla., 
Kyle Monroe and fiancée Andrea Winchester of Salem and Dax Monroe 
and fiancee Jackie West of Salem; eight great-grandchildren, 
Johnathan Sumner, Amber Monroe, Joshua Monroe, Zenoba Noel Harris, 
Caleb Harris, Blair Monroe, Kylie Monore and Jordan Rhinehart; a niece, 
Gladys Shields of Mt. Vernon; and two nephews, Bill Webber and wife 
Millie of Pickneyville and Harold Beaty and wife Doris of Arcola. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; sisters Bertha 
Webber, Florence Beaty and Evalou Harvill; three infant sisters; a 
grandson, Robbie Wayne “R.W.” Monroe; and a great-granddaughter, 
Krista Sumner. 

Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Hams Grove Cemetery, 
with Kurt Jenson officiating. The family will receive friends from 
1:30 p.m. until the service time at the cemetery. Newell 
Funeral Home of Mt. Vernon is in charge of services, where you may call 
246-0100 for further information. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be 
made to the American Cancer Society and will be received at Newell Funeral 
Home or at the cemetery the day of the service. You may visit on-line 
at for on-line obituary and on-line 

Date: 21 Jun 2006  
Source: Register-News, Mt Vernon IL
Submitted by: Robert W. Loman 

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