Muriel D. Blankenship, 92, of Hayesville, passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 at her residence. She was born in Massachusetts, but moved to Clay County at the age of five, where she lived the rest of her life. Muriel worked as a seamstress in several of the local dress factories and retired after 26 years. She loved quilting and kept her children clothed with her sewing skills. She was a member of the Tusquittee Church of God.
She was the daughter of the late Charles and Beatrice Spurr Doyle and the wife of the late Willis Joe Blankenship, who died July 7, 2004. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Jody Blankenship; five sisters, Virginia Blankenship, Veta Ledford, Viola Doyle, Rosie Williamson and Annie Clampitt; three brothers, Earl, George and Maurice Doyle; a daughter-in-law, Glenda Blankenship; and a son-in-law, Sammy Stamey.
Surviving are a daughter, Patricia Stamey, of Hayesville; three sons, Henry Blankenship, of Cathlamet, Wash. and William Howard and Charles Blankenship and wife, Shirlee, all of Hayesville; 11 grandchildren, Alice Townsend, Alisha Blankenship, Glenn and Kate Scroggs, Jeremy Blankenship, Junior and Mike Gibson, Karen Arness, Kelly Blankenship, Traci Bacon and Tommy Brown; countless great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Union Hill Cemetery with Rev. Kurt Ledford officiating. Pallbearers were Phil Cantley, Ed Snowden, Timmy Bacon, Tommy Brown, Jason McClure and Tony Reed. Honorary pallbearers were Jackie McClure and Andy Blankenship.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Muriel Blankenship to Hospice of Chattanooga Foundation, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416, memo your check to Good Shepherd Hospice Memorial.
Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville: www.iviefuneralhome.com