WILLARD -- Mable L. Blackburn, 77, of Willard, died Tuesday at Willard Health Care Center following an extended illness.
She was born April 4, 1929 in Prestonsburg, Ky. to the late Verlie "Buck" and Jettie (Thompson) Blair and had been a Willard resident since 1953.
She was a member of the Ripley Church and attended the Eternal Life Tabernacle Church in Willard. She had worked at the John F. Stambaugh Company and later Hillside Acres Nursing Home. She enjoyed ceramics, quilting, collecting nature figurines and spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, James "Junior" Blackburn, whom she married July 17, 1948; sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth Zan and Joyce Blackburn of Prestonsburg, Ky., Dallas Ray and Delia Blackburn of Monroeville and Donald Eugene and Ellen Blackburn of Willard; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert Dean and Midge Blair, Frederick Kern and DeeAnn Blair, John Richard Blair, Billy Carson and Shirley Blair all of Prestonsburg, Ky., James Edward and Pam Blair of Columbia, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her son, Daryl Blackburn; and sisters, Ruth Deloris Blair, Carolina Jane Goble and Melba Jean Meade.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Secor Funeral Home in Willard, where funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Ricky Branham will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Willard.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Eternal Life Tabernacle Church.