Arminta Mae Blackwell


Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2006


  Arminta Mae Blackwell

Arminta Mae Blackwell

Longtime Soldotna resident Arminta Mae Blackwell died Friday, April 21, 2006, of natural causes at her home. She was 99.

Private family services were held. Her ashes will be laid to rest with her parents in Salem Cemetery in Salem, Mo.

Ms. Blackwell was born Dec. 10, 1906, to John and Edna (Neal) Collins in Graham, Mo. She graduated from high school and furthered her education by becoming a certified nursing assistant. Ms. Blackwell worked as a CNA at St. Joseph Hospital in Saint Joseph, Mo., until she retired in 1982. She moved to Soldotna in the late 1980s. She was a member of the Peninsula Christian Church and the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. She enjoyed writing poetry, sewing, quilting and crafts.

“Ninety-nine years of more stamina and endurance than anyone I have ever known,” wrote her granddaughter, Jan Wright Chambers.

“Mom could recite lengthy poems that she learned in childhood almost up until her death,” wrote daughter, Nancy Lemus.

“Grandma was extremely multitalented and used it fully,” wrote granddaughter, Judy Allen. “One hell of a strong woman in everything she did,” wrote granddaughter, Daisy Verhaeghe.

Ms. Blackwell was preceded in death by her six brothers; two sisters; grandson, David Merriett; daughter, Maxine Osthoff; granddaughter, Rosemary Spalding; great-grandson, Nicholas Allen; and granddaughter, Vivian Deines.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Ruth Lemus of Oakley, Calif.; granddaughters, Judy Allen and Janice Wright Chambers of Soldotna, Linda Bennett of Lebanon, Mo., Daisy Verhaeghe of Anchorage, Kimberly Hansen of San Ramon, Calif., Delores Hoerntlein of Sonora, Calif., Debra Muniz of Pittsburg, Calif. and Maria Williams of Oakley, Calif.; grandsons, Richard Edgar Merriett of Fort Atkinson, Wis., and Frank Borem of Pittsburg, Calif.; 33 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center, 197 Park Ave. Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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