Alma Blankenship,75,of Mt. Vernon,Illinois died 
Saturday, November 11, 2006, 8:49 A.M. at home 
surrounded by family. 

Mrs. Blankenship was born on August 25, 1931 in Wayne City, 
Illinois to Jesse and Gretta (Minor) Lowery. She married 
John I. Blankenship on August 30, 1947 in Mayfield, Kentucky. 

In addition to her husband of 59 years, she is survived by 
two daughters, Victoria (Vickie) Avery and husband Tim of 
Lakeland, Florida, Nancy Smith and husband Alan of Mt. Vernon, 
Illinois, granddaughters, Jennifer Phillips and husband Craig 
of Chicago, Illinois and Sarah Smith of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, 
one great granddaughter, Gracie of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, one 
brother, Dale Lowery and wife Louise of South Bend, Indiana, 
four sisters, Wilma Donoho of Bluford, Illinois, Wava Blankenship 
of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Freda Shafer and husband Ronald of Texico, 
Illinois and Patsy Weems and husband Merle of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, 
a sister-in-law, Yvonne Lowery of Wayne City, Illinois, and two 
very special nieces Peggy Huff and Diane Hirons. Also several other 
nieces and nephews survive. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Noble 
Dean Lowery, Clinton Lowery and one sister: Berniece Donoho. 

Prior to her retirement, she was very active in a building and land 
development company and a real estate brokerage office owned by Mrs. 
Blankenship and her husband in Champaign County, Illinois. Mrs. 
Blankenship was a dedicated Christian, and a longtime member of 
First Free Will Baptist Church of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and especially 
loved spending time with her family. Her favorite hobbies included 
crocheting and painting, which she often gave to family and friends 
as gifts. 

Friends may call from 5 to 8:00PM on Monday, November 13, 2006 at 
Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Memorial Services 
will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 10:00AM at Hughey 
Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. 
Mrs. Blankenship's son-in-law, Brother Alan Smith, will officiate. 
The burial will be at Wells Chapel Cemetery. For those who wish, 
memorials may be given to the Hospice Program of Mt. Vernon, 
Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed 
to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864. 


Source: Register-News, Mt Vernon IL
Submitted by: Janice Staples

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