Leona Jean Blankenship Church, 88, known as Jean, resident of Maysel went home to be with the Lord on, Saturday, May 19, 2023, at Clay Health Care Center. She was the widow of Omer Lewis “Junior” Church.
Born February 19, 1935, in Dundon, WV, she was the only daughter of the late Giles D. and Sobina Mullins Blankenship.
She lived in Clay County her whole life. Caring for her flowers and digging for ramps were her favorite hobbies. She also enjoyed cooking and baking along with crocheting and tatting. She loved to camp, hunt and fish, and passed on her love of the outdoors to her sons.
Jean was a faithful member of Maysel Missionary Baptist Church since 1958. Her church and church family were a very important part of her life.
Surviving are two sons, Harvey Robert Church with his wife Robin of Ovapa and Danny Lewis Church with his wife Theresa of New Market, MD; five grandchildren, Justin Church with his wife Catherine of Walton, KY, Jesseca Church of Quaker Hill, CT, Jeana Donahue with her husband Jonathan of Hilton Head, SC, Andrew Church of Gaithersburg, MD, and Matthew Church of New Market, MD.
In addition to her husband and parents, Jean was preceded in death by brothers Ernest, Charles, James, Gerald, David, and Ralph Blankenship; and half-brothers Autis, Demp, and Dencil Blankenship and half-sister Gladys Hensley.
Funeral services will be held at 12 pm on Monday, May 22, at Maysel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. James Hamrick officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church from 11 am to 12 pm on May 22.
Burial will be held afterward at the Blankenship Memorial Family Cemetery.
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