Mary Etta Blankenship
May 7, 1935 - April 1, 2020

Mary Etta (Cook) Blankenship left this world on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to finally be able to see her Savior face to face. She was born on May 7, 1935 in Bragg City, Missouri to Clarence Alfred Cook and Maudie Eather Say Cook. Mary worked beside her husband for many years as they farmed and she did nearly everything there was to do on the row crop farms they worked and owned. She gardened, raised flowers, and sewed most of their clothing and quilts. Mary is celebrating her life with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ now. He has always been her strength, friend, and lover. Mary has always been active in church, as a minister of her Lord, teaching different age groups, playing piano, singing, and doing whatever there was to do in her church. She loves her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and always enjoyed being with them. Holidays when most were together, most of the time, were times of fun, food and fellowship. Distance never kept her from loving and praying for them, when one married, she accepted the one they married as her own, and she loved them as such. Survivors include; two sons: Keith Blankenship (Rhonda) of Ozark, Missouri and David Blankenship (Pam) of Rector, Arkansas; two daughters: Mary Jean Blankenship of Piggott, Arkansas and Gail Dollins (Doyle “Buck”) of Piggott, Arkansas; four brothers: George Cook of North Carolina, Samuel Cook of Texas, Gary Cook of Florida, and James Cook of Jonesboro, Arkansas; two sisters: Sally Shepard of Marmaduke, Arkansas and Martha Rodriquez of Paragould; ten grandchildren: Robin Woolard of Piggott, Arkansas, Velvet Woods of Naylor, Missouri, Bryan Dollins of Piggott, Arkansas, Tiffany Hill of Piggott, Arkansas, Craig Dollins of Piggott, Arkansas, Ashtin Blankenship of Piggott, Arkansas, Austin Blankenship of Rector, Arkansas, Jemma Russell of Ozark, Missouri, Janiece Struble of Bruner, Missouri, Jonna Blankenship of Ozark, Missouri and one on the way; nineteen great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends. She was preceded in death by; her parents: Clyde and Maudie Cook; her husband: Loicy Blankenship; three brothers: Edward Cook, Alfred Cook, and Marvin Joe Cook; and two sisters: Sherrilene Opour and Peggy Weaver. Out of an abundance of caution for others and in compliance with current health safety guidelines, there will be a private family graveside service and burial with Bro. David King and Bro. Allen Luter officiating under the direction of Faith Funeral Service.

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  1. Karen (Weaver) Vrabel, Denver, CO says

    As saddened as I was to hear of Aunt Mary's passing it is with a joyful heart that I know she is now without pain and is with those she loves. To the family (there's just to darn many to list!) I send you love and thoughts of peace. Next time we see each other I promise big hugs!! Love, Karen

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