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Stella Marie Church Blankenship

Stella Marie Church Blankenship, 99, widow of Conley J. Blankenship, died Saturday, February 12, 2022, at her home. She was born on April 23, 1922, in Panther, WV, the daughter of the late John L. and Mary Lester Church. She retired from the U.S. Postal service after 29 years of service as a rural postmaster in Southern West Virginia. She was a native of Mohawk, WV, and moved to Paris in 2006 to be near family. She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Harrill, one son, David Blankenship, three grandchildren, Pamela (Matthew) Richardson, Holli (Bill) Gibson, and Tyler Blankenship, five great grandchildren, Joshua Bourdon, Traci Bourdon, Brett Bourdon, Ethan Gibson and Laurel Gibson.

There will be a private service for the family only at Hinton-Turner Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Eliseo Mejia officiating.  In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy are suggested to Bluegrass Hospice Care, 1317 U. S. Highway 62East, Cynthiana, KY 41031.


  1. Nancy Blankenship Mounts on February 15, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Dear David and family, when I think of Aunt Stella I am reminded of a song by the Spencers. It was called “Heaven Will Never Welcome A Sweeter Mother”. i will remember her as one of the sweetesf, kindest and most beautiful Ladies i have ever known. She had a smile that was contagious and we will never ever forget our beautiful Aunt Stella! Love you David!

  2. Frankie and Katrina Hunt on February 16, 2022 at 3:23 am

    We loved this lady. She was one of a kind.

  3. Blankenship, Conley J. & CarolynSo sorry for your loss on February 16, 2022 at 9:33 am

    So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a sweet lady. I went to school with David in Jr. High. May God bless and keep you all.

  4. Ramona Blankenship on February 16, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    Psalm 9:9-10 The Lord is refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 62:1-2 Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Much love and many prayers in the day’s to come. Trust that Charlie is in good hands and she loved each one of you. She lives though you all. What a wonderful person she was and always will be in our memories.

  5. Linda Parker on February 20, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    I was so saddened to hear about Aunt Stella, I will always remember the kind woman she was always, with that wonderful smile, and her sweet personality. She will always have a special place in my heart. I know that my Mother Violet, and grandmother Della, and Uncle Conley was there greeting her in heaven. Rest In Peace Dear Aunt Stella.

  6. Linda Parker on February 20, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    Rest In Peace Sweet Aunt Stella, you will be loved and missed by me and so many. You were very precious to all of us who knew you, I know Uncle Conley, My Grandmother Della, and my Mother Violet was there to greet you in heaven. All my love and prayers to David and the family. Only regret is that I did not get to see her for several years.

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