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Frances T. Blackburn

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NEWTON - Frances T. Blackburn, 88, of Newton, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Newton Medical Center.

Born in Hurdle Mills, N.C., Mrs. Blackburn moved to Sparta in 1949 and wintered in Stuart, Fla. She had been a year-round resident of Stuart for 10 years before moving to Newton in 2002. A member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Sparta, Mrs. Blackburn was a former member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Stuart. She also was a former member of Lake Mohawk Golf Club, a former member of Lake Mohawk Country Club, and a former member of Mariner Sands Golf Club in Stuart.

The daughter of the late James and Esther (Jellicourse) Coleman, Mrs. Blackburn also was predeceased by her husband, Douglas B. Blackburn, in 1997; her daughter, Doreen Call, in 1997; and her brother, James Coleman. She is survived by her daughter, Dolores Blackburn and husband, Ken Roberts, of the Lake Lenape section of Andover Township; her son, Douglas B. Blackburn Jr., and wife, Gloria, of Woodstock, Ga.; five grandchildren, Pamela Hinman, Charles Call, David Call, Ian Call and Kimberly Ferraro; four great-grandchildren; and her sister, Hazel Roeder, of Palmyra, Va.

Services and interment are private and are under the direction of Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton.

Memorial donations may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860; or CALMRA Inc., 5020 Sunnyside Ave., Suite 206, Beltsville, MD 20705 (www.CALMRA.org). Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Apr. 24, 2013
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