Macon County Chronicle

Edna “Jean” Blankenship, 82

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000193 EndHTML:0000003058 StartFragment:0000002374 EndFragment:0000003022 SourceURL:file://localhost/Volumes/SERVER/EDITORIAL/9-13-11/OBITUARIES/blankenship.doc Edna “Jean” Blankenship, age 82, of Lafayette passed away peaceably Monday morning, September 5, 2011 at her home with family and friends by her bedside. Jean chose to donate her body to the anatomical science department of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. There will be no public service, however, Ms. Blankenship’s life can be celebrated through gifts to the Macon County Library, the American Cancer Society, the Macon County Arts Council, Macon Helps Terminal Illness Fund or the charity of your choice. Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000193 EndHTML:0000004619 StartFragment:0000002378 EndFragment:0000004583 SourceURL:file://localhost/Volumes/SERVER/EDITORIAL/9-13-11/OBITUARIES/blankenship.doc

Those may be made directly or coming by the Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Lafayette. She was born and educated in Sumner County, one of seven siblings of the late Delmas and Beatrice (Copas) Birdwell. She later moved to Celina and then to Lafayette where she met her late husband, Jessie Earl “J. E.” Blankenship. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Durwood Birdwell, Robert Howard Birdwell, Gordon Ralph Birdwell, sisters, Dottie Birdwell Shaw, and Doreen Birdwell Butler. She retired from Tri County EMC office support, she and her husband owned and managed rental property in Macon and Sumner Counties and operated Purina Supply for many years. She is survived by a brother, Bill Birdwell of TX, nieces and nephews, Stephanie Echols, Natalie Hefner, both of Nashville, Becky Birdwell, CT, Debbie Beech, CA, Robert Birdwell, MN, Cynthia Goldfarb, NY and Steve Birdwell, TX. She will be missed by Dewitt Belton and many close friends. Her family and friends send a note of gratitude to her wonderful caregivers, Sarah Sedile, Linda Pharis, Sandra Willoughby, and Delaine Vester. She was a member of the Lafayette Garden Club and the Macon County Arts Council. Ms. Blankenship and her husband had no children, but shared their lives with many through a lakeside cabin they owned in the Bledsoe Creek Community of Sumner County. “The cabin” was a place where friends, relatives and strangers from many states and all walks of life learned to fish, cook, water ski and have a good time. An avid traveler, she visited many countries, enjoyed Broadway plays and could talk about the latest bestselling book, national art exhibit or trendy fashion magazine. She could converse on many subjects and would often give her opinion by stating: “the thing about it is…” She was a devoted owner and lover of Dachshund dogs. She contributed financially to many causes and individuals, often without credit, in Macon County. She was also known for her keen interest and knowledge of the stock market.  She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.