Mary Margaret Blackburn

VIRGINIA - Mary Margaret Blackburn, 92, of Virginia and Champaign died Monday, October 1, 2012 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

She was born May 25, 1920 in Springfield; the daughter of Dr. William and Emily Riley Blackburn.

She is survived by several cousins and a special friend, Jan Kiley of Champaign. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mary Margaret was a graduate of Virginia High School and MacMurray College. In 1942, she embarked upon a 38 year career in teaching at Snicarte and Virginia. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Virginia, the American Legion Auxiliary, P.E.O., and Order of Eastern Star where she formerly served as Worthy Matron. She was also a devoted former director of Illini Girls State, held annually on the MacMurray College campus in years past.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Virginia. Committal services will be held 2:00 pm Friday at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Jan and family will meet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Virginia. Memorial gifts are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church, MacMurray College, or the Women's Legacy Circle @ Carle Foundation Hospital, 611 W. Park St., Urbana, IL 61801. The Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Virginia is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Funeral Home

Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home, Virginia Chapel
102 S. Cass St.  Virginia, IL 62691
(217) 452-3031