Ms. Blanche Hodges Keene, age 78, of 1010 Reece Hill Road, Mountain City, TN 37683 passed away at her residence Friday, January 4, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Reese Hodges and Ruth Hodges. Blanche was a member of First Christian Church in Mountain City, TN. She loved square dancing, playing bridge and she was a member of the Red Hat Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Ed Hodges.

Survivors include: one daughter: Julie Stanley of Mountain City, TN; two sons: Reese Stanley and wife Valerie of Fernandina Beach, FL and Rowell A. Stanley, Jr. and wife Debbie of Martinez, GA; one sister: Mavis Williams and husband Carl of Dublin, GA; one brother: Mark Hodges and wife Pat of Atlanta, GA; four grandchildren: Jennifer Stanley, Caroline Stanley, Meredith Stanley and Hallie Noble. Also several nieces and nephews survive.

It was Ms. Keene’s wishes to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Mountain States Hospice, 101 Med Tech Parkway, Suite 100, Johnson City, TN 37604.

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Arrangements for Blanche Hodges Keene are in the care of Hux-Lipford Funeral Home.