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Jean M. Blakely

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Jean Marie Blakely, 86, of Iowa City, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Atrium Village in Hills, following a brief illness.

Jean was born April 5, 1923, at Prairie Rose in rural Shelby County, Iowa, the daughter of Alvin L. and Sylvia Mae (Rold) Christensen. After graduating from Harlan High School in 1940, she married Floyd T. Blakely Aug. 13, 1941. Floyd and Jean farmed at Harlan until 1951 when they moved to Le Mars.

Jean had a busy life -- she briefly taught school, was a 4-H leader, Sunday School teacher, volunteered for the Red Cross and Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary and sewed for Handicare in Coralville. She loved gardening, quilting, swimming and traveling.

She was a longtime member of the Methodist Church.

Most of all Jean loved her family and friends.

Jean worked at the Le Mars Flower Shop for seven years, purchasing it in 1959 and operated it until 1971. During this time she was active in the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce, the Siouxland Florist Associaiton and the Society of Iowa Florists. After selling the business she and Floyd lived in Rock Rapids for two years, then moved back to Le Mars until 1987 when they retired to Iowa City.

She is survived by her son, Dr. Jerry Blakely (Karen) of Carlsbad, Calif., daughters Karen (Rex) Daubenberger of Iowa City, and Mary (John) McDonald of LaCresecent, Minn.; grandchildren, Michael Blakely (Marni), Peter Blakely ( Marla Sarkozy), Lisa Johnson (Paul), Kari Allen (Robb) and Kelly Wardwell (Chris) and nine great-grandchildren.

Preceding Jean in death was her husband of 68 years, Floyd; her parents; an infant daughter Judith; brothers Alvin Jr., Earl, Kenard and Richard Christensen and her sister Jacqueline Dinesen Petry.

Services will be at a later date in Cuppy's Grove Cemetery near Harlan.

Memorial donations may be made in her honor to the Salvation Army or to Atrium Village, Hills.

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