Irene Blenkinsopp Sanford, 84, of Avilla went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.
She was born April 14, 1928, in Bigelow on Wye Mountain to the late Joseph Blenkinsopp and Merial DeRossi.
She was a nurse, a homemaker, and of the Baptist faith. She loved tending to her flower garden and fishing.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper Sanford; an infant daughter, Rebecca Sanford; one brother, Richard Blenkinsopp; and one half-sister, Mary Roy.
She is survived by her daughter, Ann Williams and husband Bill of Alexander; a son, Ronnie Sanford and wife Barbara of Alexander; three grandchildren, Bill Williams and wife Megan, Ashton Williams, and Ronnie Sanford Jr.; one great-grandson, Liam “Little Bill” Williams; one sister, Ruth McCright of Alabama; and one brother, Bill Blenkinsopp of Alabama.
Graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1, at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander with the Rev. Muncy Harris officiating and the Rev. Bill Williams assisting.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Saline Memorial Hospice House, 23157 Hwy I-30, Bryant, AR 72022.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard 
Family comments: Her family would like to express deep gratitude for the loving care provided by Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant, Dr. Cartaya, and the excellent angels of mercy staff who provided to every need and want for her comfort, as well and the excellent care they gave to her husband nine years ago. Also, appreciation is expressed to the local churches and community organizations which provided daily meals to the Hospice House families.