Amanda Blanton

Memorial services for Amanda Dawn Rocha Blanton, 33, Lawrence will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. She died April 27, 2014 in Topeka.

Amanda was born on December 10, 1980 in Lawrence, KS the daughter of Jason E. Wilburn and Crystal Rae Rocha.

She was very active in her children’s lives and attended all of their sports activities.

She married Todd Blanton on July 1, 2003 in Topeka, KS.

Survivors include, her children, Taylor Blanton, Tre Blanton, Taj Blanton and husband, Todd Blanton, all of the home in Topeka; mother, Crystal Rocha and Reggie Shields (long time companion) Lawrence; brothers, Josh Rocha, Lenexa, Tylan Shields, Lawrence; maternal grandparents, Chris and Julie Matchett, Lawrence; great grandmother, Gayle Matchett, Lawrence; uncles, Edward Rocha, Salina; Mark and Angelique Rocha, Queens, New York, numerous nieces, nephews and half-siblings; father-in-law, Ron and Connie Blanton, Topeka; mother-in-law, Christine Zerger, Salina. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Steve G. Rocha and great grandparents, Fred and Vera Long.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made for the Blanton’s Children Education Fund and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

12 Condolences

  1. Dawn Terry on April 28, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Always in my heart and thoughts…R.I.P beautiful lady… <3

  2. brandi simpson on April 28, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Love you lots, glad I got the privilege of being loved back! You are so caring and kind to all, such a good person. Rest in paradise…

  3. Amanda (Larkin) Boyce on April 29, 2014 at 5:30 am

    I am still in shock. Your beautiful soul will live on through your beautiful children. May your familly know comfort, peace and love during this time of healing. Namaste friend.

  4. The Oshel Family on April 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Todd and Family,

    Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Amanda will be remembered for her personality and love of children.

  5. Sue & Kenny Bisel on April 29, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Todd, words can’t tell you how we are feeling for you & your kids. Life just isn’t fair. I didn’t know Amanda well, but everytime I went to The Monogram Shop she remembered who I was & always came over, with her beautiful smile, & talked with me. Keep her beautiful memories in your heart & talk about her often to your children. Hugs.

  6. Thomas Morris on April 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Amanda, even though I was only able to know for about a year, my admiration for you is unmeasurable. No matter what you were going through you always had a smile and never negative. You were upbeat cheering on the Ballhoggs and referred to them all as “your boys”. You will be truly missed by the ones you touched, but those are who were blessed to have know you no matter how little the time the memories will live forever. Rest In Paradise.

  7. Anonymous on April 30, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I’m sorry for your loss. It seems so unfair that death should have the power to take away someone you love. And when it happens, the thought of never again being able to talk to, laugh with, or hold your loved one can be most difficult to bear. The Bible however holds out a great hope. “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” John 5:28, 29

  8. Ryan & Melissa Flesher on April 30, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Todd, we are so very sorry to hear of your family’s loss. We pray that your happy memories will bring you peace and comfort now and in the years to come. She will always be in your heart and now, also as a guardian angel to watch over all of you.

  9. Mar on April 30, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    My most sincere condolences to the family. The pain, the grief, the feelings of helplessness can seems unbearable. May the loving support from family and friends help you. Still, don’t hesitate to gain comfort from God’s Word for He is the God of all comfort who cares for us and binds up our broken hearts (Isaiah 61:1,2,).

  10. Todd Blanton on April 30, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Hey Amanda. I still can’t believe you are actually not physically on the the planet with us. The kids and I were so lucky to have you in our lives for 15 years and no one could have ever done the great job as a mother as you did. Your best quality was your free-spiritedness and I love how you passed that down to each of our kids. They have so many of your happy qualities (smiles, loving music, etc). Please continue to watch over us in the future. God knows I will need some guidance from you…
    Tre’ , Taylor, Taj and I will miss you forever. You were taken way too early… We will all work hard to keep building onto these fun qualities that we have started in the kids. I know you are in a much better place!

    We Love you Amanda!

  11. Cheryl Lund on May 1, 2014 at 11:17 am


    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Braden McDaniel on May 1, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I only knew Amanda a short time from our job out at GDIT. She was one of the most kind hearted people I have ever met. She could never stop talking about her beautiful children and how much she loved them. God took a good one from us and she will be missed by everyone lucky enough to meet her.

    My prayers are with you Todd, the children and your whole family in this hard time.

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