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Rhoda Perneica (Cranor) Blum
Dec 8, 1920 - Aug 13, 2016
Posted by Ann Weber

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Rhoda Perneica Blum, 95, of Copan, went home Saturday to her Heavenly Lord and Savior.

Rhoda was born the daughter of Jack and Isabelle May (Hartley) Cranor on Dec. 8, 1920, in rural Washington County, by the Fish Creek area near Oglesby, OK. Rhoda had five brothers and six sisters, and she attended Steel Camp School. Rhoda met the love of her life Charles Walker Blum at a church dance in Ochelata, and they were united in marriage on January 7, 1942. Once married, the young couple moved to Copan where they farmed and produced livestock. Even after her husband’s death, Rhoda continued to work the farm.

Rhoda was a lifelong homemaker and community member with the Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE), a lifetime member of the Washington County Cowbells and was active with FFA and 4-H. She provided a loving and godly home for her family. She doted on her five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Rhoda was a member of the county extension service for 75-plus years – baking, sewing, making clothes for her husband and kids, and sharing her skills and knowledge with others at the Washington County Free Fair, in the fair kitchen and her famous pie shells sold just before Thanksgiving. Rhoda was especially known for her creative cooking skills. She made the most of what she had. She could whip up a meal in a hurry and was known to have all burners going at the same time – four on the stove, plus an electric skillet or two. She always had a sweet dessert to complete every meal. Rhoda grew a big garden and enjoyed canning the produce. Her boys recall snapping the beans but the three of them couldn’t keep up with their mom’s six-jar pressure cooker.

Rhoda had a strong faith in the Lord and was a longtime member of Copan United Methodist Church. Her husband Charles hauled the rock for the church and the couple spent countless hours volunteering and being faithful in the activities of the church, including countless church potlucks.

Rhoda is survived by her two children, Robert Blum and Nhu My of Bartlesville, and Ernest Blum of Copan; two sisters Julia Murray of Norman, and Naomi Owens and Leon of Nowata; five grandchildren Valerie Blum of Midwest City, Christopher Blum of Oklahoma City, Martin Blum and Cory, and Jacob Blum, all of Copan, and Mathew Blum and Ashley of Hutchison, KS; as well as eight great grandchildren, Leah, Taylor, Jordan, Garrett, Andrea, Simon, Gentry and Genesis. She also will be missed by her extended family, friends, and church family.

She is preceded in death by her husband Charles, parents, one son Martin Blum, one granddaughter-in-law Bobbi Blum, and nine siblings, James, Mildred, Glen, Art, Florence, Ben, Addie Maud, Jackson Russell, and Nellie.

Rhoda’s family will receive friends at the Davis Family Funeral Home, 918-534-3030, 113 S. Osage (Hwy. 75), Dewey, on Tuesday, August 16, from 6-7 p.m.

Celebration of life services will be held 10 am, Wednesday at the Copan United Methodist Church, with Pastor Warren Peck officiating. Interment will follow in the Dewey Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Carter Davis and the Davis Family Funeral Home.

Online condolences and remembrances may be shared with Rhoda’s family at www.DavisFamilyFuneralHome.com.  


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