Blanche was Born on August 1, 1928 in Dayton, Ohio to Leon Rogers and Evelyn Mildred Johnson. Blanche was the 2nd child of six siblings ( Barbara Jean, Joyce, Sheldon, Leon and Ronald). She was raised by her beloved Paternal Grandmother until the age of 13 when she went to live with her mother, Mildred Cunningham.
Blanche grew up in Chicago, Illinois where she met and eventually married Howard Keith, who was a Tech Sergeant in the U. S. Air Force. Blanche loved to travel and being an Air Force wife afforded her the opportunity to travel to Paris and eventually Germany, where her first child, Krystal was born in 1954. Blanche subsequently relocated to Hempstead, New York where she met Pedro LaVerne and in 1962 had a son, Kevin.
Blanche was very active in the fight for the Civil Rights of Black People. Blanche was a Life Member and Vice President of the Hempstead Branch of the NAACP for which she received an award for Outstanding Community Services on May 9, 1998.
Blanche was a strong, independent woman, who valued education. Blanche was employed as a Bookkeeper for Newsday (Long Island Newspaper) until she retired and returned to college at Adelphi University to earn a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. Blanche also earned a Master of Social Work Degree from Fordham University on February 1, 1992. Blanche had a second career as a Social Worker for Nassau County Department of Social Services until she retired in 1998 and relocated to Stone Mountain, GA. where she continued to serve children as a Daycare Provider.
Blanche will always be remembered as an Intelligent, Feisty, Fiercely Independent Woman Who Did It Her way.
Blanche is survived by her daughter, Krystal Keith; son, Kevin Keith; Grandson, Shawn Keith and his daughter, Siany; Grand-daughter, Nicole Keith. Her brother, Ronald Cunningham; her Niece Claudia Johnson and a host of nieces and nephews.
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