NEW MADRID -- Weba Ross Blankenship, 82, died June 11, 2007, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born Sept. 27, 1924, in Carson, Ark., the daughter of the late Byron and Minnie Ross, she grew up in Marie, Ark., and then moved with her family to Kewanee in 1939. She graduated from Kewanee High School and attended Draughens Business School in Memphis, Tenn. She assisted her husband on the family farm and worked as a private secretary, post mistress and substitute teacher. In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, she was an active member of the Kewanee United Methodist Church where she most recently assisted in raising money for protective coverings for the church's stained glass windows. She was also a member of the Quilters Club of New Madrid and volunteered in assisting with the New Madrid R-I School's health screenings. Other interests included fishing, hunting, reading, gardening and canning vegetables.
In April 2006, she was chosen as Woman of the Year by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in New Madrid.
On Oct. 13, 1942, she married Jay Blankenship who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, J.R. and Judy Blankenship of Kewanee; one daughter, Lura Jones of Kewanee; and four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Lonnie Jones; and one brother and two sisters.
Her kind and loving nature and her gentle smile will be missed greatly by her family and many friends. She lived her life with quiet dignity yet she was a force to be reckoned with and was the wind beneath the wings of her family.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid where services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Toni Dee will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories in Sikeston.