Emily A. Blackmon
1943 - 2021
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Blackmon, Emily A. 1/26/1943 - 2/14/2021 Milan Emily (Rathman) Box Blackmon was born in Ann Arbor, MI, and grew up there, graduating from Pioneer High School in 1961. She moved to Chelsea in 1972 with her family, and worked for the Chelsea School District as a school bus driver and supervised the South School Elementary cafeteria and playground. She cherished every moment being in children's lives-especially driving school bus numbers 4 and 28 and transporting children with special needs. During this time, Emily also worked for the Village Bakery in downtown Chelsea. She loved seeing and hearing from everyone. In 1988, Emily became a test driver for the Chrysler Corporation's Chelsea Proving Grounds, where she met the love of her life, Guy G. Blackmon, who predeceased her along with her parents, Orville F. and Alice C. (Trumbull) Rathman. For the majority of her life, Emily lived in Washtenaw County, until recently moving to Milan. The Milan community embraced her and Guy, and together, they made lasting relationships within the Milan Seniors for Healthy Living and Silver Fox communities. While in Chelsea, Emily was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and choir. Emily was devoted to her Catholic faith, her family, and everyone who entered her life. For Emily, no one was a stranger; they were all special friends. Emily thoroughly loved to attend mass, read, sew, knit, garden, and she was an amazing scrapbooker. Most of all, she loved her family and her friends. Behind that humble and quiet demeanor was a fierce competitor and loyal fan to any school, team, or organization with whom her family was associated. Survivors include her children, Andrew (Laura) Box of Ypsilanti, MI, Catherine (Robert) Taylor of Howell, MI, and adopted son, Douglas (Marleyn) Eder of Chelsea, MI; her six grandchildren, David Box of Milan, Thomas (Rachel) Box of Dearborn, MI, Taylor (Jake Yenser) Walters of Howell, MI, Courtney and Dru Taylor of Howell, MI, and Adrian Eder of Chelsea, MI. With great anticipation, Emily was excited to be introduced this year to her first great-grandchild, Baby Box (Thomas and Rachel). Emily has one surviving brother, Thomas (Penny) Rathman of Marion, MI, and three surviving cousins: Ann Jamieson of Belleville, MI, Jill Malarney of Hudson, MI, and Jeannie (Mike) Sluys of Wauseon, OH; as well as several nephews and nieces. Among Emily's friends and family are Judy Burgoyen, Debbie Hilabruk, Kitty Koch, Betsy (Cliff) Kuhn, Evelyn (Robert) Mitchell, and Kay Ridenour. Additionally, Emily and Guy's extended family included friends from the Country Pub, Knight's Steakhouse, Milan Coney Island, and Stiver's Restaurant. Emily's family would like to express their deepest appreciation for the love and support they continue to receive, as well as the compassionate care provided by all Michigan Medicine's medical teams and staff throughout her stay-in particular, to Dr. Pauline Park, Dr. Bradford Wylie, Barbara Kelly (RN), and the staff on the 6th floor B. Services for Emily are private. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Emily's memory to the Milan Seniors for Healthy Living. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

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Published in Ann Arbor News from Feb. 17 to Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 22, 2021
To Andy & Catherine and Families,
May you all have comfort during this difficult time. Your mom was always such a sweet person, I remember her fondly. Thinking of you all!
Renee (Hager) Atkinson, Boerne TX
Renee (Hager) Atkinson
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February 18, 2021
Emmy was a good friend and neighbor. I always enjoyed talking and seeing her at our monthly coffee get togethers and monthly socials. Emmy will be missed by all. May God Bless her family.
Sue Bemis
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