Obituary for May 15, 2013

By Baker City Herald May 15, 2013 10:18 am

Kareen Blankenship

Baker City, 1937-2013

Kareen Mae Blankenship, 75, died May 11, 2013, surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.

There will be a service in her honor in June in her hometown. 

Her strength, courage and love were an inspiration to all who knew her, family members said.

 She was born on May 25, 1937, at Chehalis, Wash., the third of four daughters of Les and Bess Powell Wright. 

She married the love of her life, Buck Blankenship, on Jan. 7, 1956. They raised three children on their farm and she also worked as a bookkeeper for many years.

Kareen was known for her love of gardening, especially growing iris. She loved watching her children and grandchildren play in all sporting activities. 

Her hobbies included painting, sewing, clam digging, antiquing, listening to country music, playing pinochle and RV camping. Kareen also enjoyed picking blackberries, huckleberries and mushrooms. She was known for her delicious blackberry pies and homemade V8 juice.

 In 2007, Buck and Kareen moved to Baker City to watch their two youngest grandsons participate in high school sports. She was a great supporter of the Baker Bulldogs, even attending a baseball game in her last week of life.

 Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Buck Blankenship; her daughter, Deb, (John) Hadaller, of Onalaska, Wash.; her sons, Denny (Colleen) Blankenship and Dan (Sheryl) Blankenship of Baker City; grandsons, Isaac, Brock, Derek and Dillon Blankenship, of Baker City, Barry Blankenship, of Seattle, Wash., Willis (Ashley) Blankenship of Palmdale, Calif., and Sean Hadaller of Onalaska, Wash.; granddaughters, Sara Hadaller of Onalaska, Wash., and Shelly Hadaller of Centralia, Wash.; three great-grandchildren; her sister, Carol Jones of Castle Rock, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sisters, Neva Blankenship and Faye Workman.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Baker High School Athletic Fund through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.