Margaret Nell Blankenbaker
August 14, 2009, Margaret Nell Blankenbaker, merely 87 years old, passed away peacefully with her family by her side in Phoenix, Arizona. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Nell came with her husband and the love of her life, Jim to Mission, Texas right after the war. She and Jim spent almost 60 wonderful years in Mission-working together, raising their daughter; Anne Radack, Ellen Dial and Dee Dee Fincher - contributing to their community and enjoying the company of many many long time friends. Nell was the consummate hostess- gracious, stylish and creative. She passed on to her girls the invaluable gifts of hospitalily, integrity, service, compassion and creativity. She was a patient and loyal Mother-in-law to Tom, Greg and Bruce. She was a fun and loving grandmother to Jim (Kelly), Michael (Jennifer), Craig (Becca), Dana, LIndsey (Rob) and Travis. They will miss her advice, her unwavering love, her humor and her strength. Her great grandchildren Zach, Olivia, Jake and Jocelyn were blessed to get to know their GG and she adored them all. We will miss that Southern belle-that elegant, bright loving woman, who, no matter what the situation, could always turn on a smile and make a stranger feel like the most important person in the world. Her strong faith guided her throughout her life and we are all comforted to know that in death she will be reunited with her beloved Butch (Jim). A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Phoenix, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, Nell would love it if you would do something special for someone you love and think of her. Please visit www.hansenmortuary.com to place on line condolences.
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