Blanche Theora Barker

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Blanche Theora Barker

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Saint Charles, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
Death: January 21, 1993 (81)
Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
Place of Burial: Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Thompson Barker, Jr. and Esther Eleanor Henderson
Wife of William "Madsen" Piggott and Loren Cecil Dunn
Mother of Rodney Barker Piggott; <private> Smedley (Piggott); <private> Piggott (PIGGOTT); <private> Pendleton (Piggott) and <private> Pugmire (Piggott)
Sister of Adelia "dillie" Ethel scofield

Managed by: Alice Zoe Marie Knapp
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About Blanche Theora Barker


My roots in Bloomington began when my (great)grandparents moved into the valley from Salt Lake City to first Liberty and then Bloomington. They were William Henry & Elizabeth Cannon Piggott. He owned and operated a saw mill. They had three daughters when he was called to serve a mission in England. He was told that when he returned the Lord would bless him with a son. That is where my grandfather William Cannon Piggott came into the picture. Elizabeth taught lessons on her melodian & also taught dress making. When William Henry became too ill to work at the mill he was appointed postmaster of Bloomington.

My grandfather Wm. C. (Bill) was the town blacksmith. He was a very hard worker and did many jobs and favors free of charge. He was a kind, jolly man, big in stature both physically and characteristically and he loved to pull jokes on the people that would come to his shop. Grandma Hazel Rebecca Madsen Piggott was a very good cook & we all enjoyed listening to her play the harmonica.

My father was their firstborn. My parents are William Madsen Piggott & Blanche Theora Barker Piggott Dunn. My father was (in Mom’s words) honest, had high ideals and morals and was very ambitious and hardworking. My mother was very talented and played the piano and organ in many church positions and also in a dance band. She was a righteous, wise and compassionate woman. She gave her all to her family and anyone else that needed her.

Mom and Dad were married during the depression and my father had to leave the valley at times to find work. Later he purchased a saw mill but could not work it till spring so he went to work for the railroad. Spring came and dad was very sick. It took months to find out what was wrong with him. In July they discovered he had leukemia and on July 15, 1945 at age 33, he passed away leaving behind 5 children. The oldest was Rodney Barker Piggott who was 10 years old, Merrill William and Carolyn (Pendleton) twins who were 8 years old, Joyce (Smedley) who was 2 years, 9 months old and Jean (Pugmire) was 17 months old.

With the loss of father, mother became everything. Her faith and testimony of the Gospel were guidelines for her to live by and to raise her children by. She was a true mother in every sense of the word. Mom struggled to make a living for her family. She cleaned the church house for a while and did typing at home to earn extra income. Later she got a job as county deputy assessor. Mom played the piano for people to sing solos and such. She worked in the MIA & Sunday School and loved those she worked with and the young people whom she taught.

Everyone made her feel welcome at parties and dances, but she said she always felt like a fifth wheel.

For 26 years she was alone and then she met and married a most wonderful man. His name is Loren Cecil Dunn. Her dreams had come true, her prayers had been answered. She finally had a companion she could attend the temple with, go on a mission, work in the temple, and grow old with. She retired from the assessors office when she wed. Cecil’s grandfather was John Barker, the first baby boy born in Bloomington and mother’s father’s name was John T. Barker.

As children we were anxious to grow up and leave the valley, but as adults we realize that some of our best years were being able to be raised in Bloomington.

The influence of the residents to the children of Blanche was really profound. They helped to fill the void of dad and we learned a lot from the things they taught us, and the examples they were to us.

I remember the Gold and Green Balls, helping at the Old Folks Parties, the sleigh rides around town and a peaceful feeling inside. Good town, good people. I will always cherish my memories of Bloomington.

During Mom’s struggle to raise her family alone there were many townspeople who helped her when she needed it. To you people she was ever so grateful and we as her children want to “Thank You”.


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Blanche Theora Barker's Timeline

February 22, 1911
Saint Charles, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
August 12, 1934
Age 23
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
January 21, 1993
Age 81
Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
January 25, 1993
Age 81
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA