Josephine Elizabeth Blankenship (Braziel) joined her husband, Tom, with our Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 1, 2012.
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A lifelong resident of Otero County, Josephine was born Aug. 16, 1927. As a child she lived and attended school in Karr Canyon and later moved to La Luz, where her father Levi Braziel was postmaster. On Feb. 26, 1949, she had a first date with Tom Blankenship. The two became engaged on Nov. 23 of that same year and married April 1, 1950. It was the beginning of a life together that lasted 59 years, and a love that endured until her last breath.
Josephine and Tom went into business together in 1953. A jack of all trades, she raised a child, managed the office and, on occasion, even drove a truck. Known as "Grammy" to her grandchildren, her passions were music, dancing and her faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents Levi and Racheal; siblings Carl Braziel and Ola Quick; her first child Jimmy Levi; and her loving husband, Tom H. Blankenship.
Josephine is survived by her son Tommy Joe and wife, Ann, of La Luz; grandchildren Tom A. Blankenship, of Denver, Denise Patterson, of Ruidoso, Zane R. Blankenship and wife, Sarah, of La Luz, and Clint M. Blankenship and wife, Katelyn, of La Luz; great-grandchildren Rickie and Billy Williams, of Ruidoso, and Bailey Blankenship, of La Luz; great-granddaughter Linzie Williams, of Ruidoso; and her very special niece, Robin Blankenship, who the family doesn't know how they would have made it through the last year without.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral chapel with Bill Dees officiating.
Pallbearers include Rodney Blankenship, Joel Dees, Jimmy Glendening, Harris Blankenship, Jason Blankenship and Bob Nichols.
Interment will follow at La Luz Community Cemetery.
The Blankenship family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 3 to Aug. 3, 2012