Wilma Faye Blom, 89, Pittsburg, died Saturday, Oct, 13, 2012 at the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, following an illness. Faye was born April 18, 1923 in Hartville, Mo., the daughter of William H. and Elmina Rose Reddick Wilson. She attended schools in Humboldt and was a graduate of Humboldt High School in 1940.
During WWII she went to the National School of Aeronautics in Kansas City, Mo., and then worked at the North American Aviation Plant in the Machine Gun Department. She married Eldar L. “Al” Blom on Oct. 18, 1944 and moved to Alamogordo, N.M., where he was based in the United States Army Air Force.
After he was honorably discharged in 1946 they lived in Kansas City, Leavenworth, and Atchison. They came to Pittsburg in 1956 when her husband was transferred with the Commerce Acceptance Finance Company where they lived ever since. Faye worked at the 1959 Farm Census in Parsons from the first day until the last day of operation. She attended Pittsburg State University and completed all required classes for graduation. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and active in various church activities during her years of membership. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 18, 2004.
Survivors include her children, Stephen Blom and wife, Deborah, of Windsor, Colo., and Donna Bartelli and husband, Bruce, of Frontenac; grandchildren Matthew Lee Blom, Catherine Rene’ Fezmire and husband, Dan, Elizabeth Ann Rainey and husband, Ben, Lindsey Dawn Turner and husband, Fred and Laurie Ann Rush and husband, Tony; five great-grandchildren and one sister, Jean Caler of Boulder City, Nev.
She was preceded in death by her husband, siblings Jess Wilson, Ruby Headley, Lela Brinkman and Zeda Welcome.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsburg, with the Rev. Theodore Cook officiating. Burial will follow at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Pittsburg. Family will receive friends from 7-8pm Thursday at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg. Friends may call after 11 a.m. Thursday. The family ask expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to the Zion Lutheran Church. Friends may drop off or mail memorials to the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762. E-mail condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com.