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Blakeslee, Mary Joan
90, of Chandler, AZ passed away peacefully at her residence on April 27, 2013. She was born October 25, 1922 in Greene, Iowa to Carl and Mary Josephine Weston. After graduating from Marycrest College (Iowa), she married Arthur Forbes Blakeslee in 1946. While raising five children, she worked at Broadlawns Hospital and First Interstate Bank, before retiring to Arizona with Arthur in 1986. Mary enjoyed part-time work in retirement, continuing with First Interstate and later at Arizona State University until age 80. Mary was most fond of her numerous poodles and cats, sadly leaving Sambo, Bandit and Jake to meet her later at the Rainbow Bridge. Mary enjoyed shopping with her daughters, casino slots, cruise vacations and visiting Las Vegas. A special thanks to Ms. Lynn Rowley, NP, for years of loving medical care for Mom. Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband Arthur, her twin sister Neva Jean, sister Rita and brother Paul. She is survived by her sister Janet Stone (Leon). Mary also leaves loving memories for her son, Jim Blakeslee and daughters, Joyce Fazio, Rita Rolwes, Sandy Williams and Sharon Hoyum (Randy), eight grand-children and 10 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Sat. May 4th 12:00 noon at Tempe Mortuary, 405 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Mary's name to , 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014 or online at

Published in The Arizona Republic on May 3, 2013
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