WILLA MAENETTE BLANKS, departed this life on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. Born Feb. 22, 1938, in Senatobia, Miss., she was the daughter of Jesse Clinton Beasley and Littie Ruth Echols. She graduated from Central High School, Fort Wayne in 1957. She married Donald Blanks. She attended Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. She leaves her three daughters to carry on her legacy, Donette Lung, Shannon Blanks and Kameron Wallace; and five grandchildren, Miranda, Dmitri, Madison, Grant, and Dominic. Her sisters and brothers whom will cherish her memory include, Jessie Beasley Jr. of Fort Wayne, Ida Hursey of Arizona, James Beasley California, and Kathy Beasley of Oregon. She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins whom she loved. A Memorial service is 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at Southwest Lutheran Church, 5120 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne.
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 12, 2012