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Betty BLASINGAME


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BLASINGAME, Betty Fargason March 23, 1934 - Aug. 12, 2017 Betty Fargason Blasingame, age 83, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017. A service celebrating her life will be held on October 21, 2017 at Decatur First United Methodist Church at 11 am in Decatur, Georgia with Reverend Thomas Elliott officiating. Donations in her honor can be sent to D.E.A.M., Decatur Emergencies Assistance Ministries, an organization she held close to her heart and was a volunteer for. Betty was born March 23, 1934 in Atlanta, Georgia to William and Mildred Fargason. While attending North Georgia College she met the "love of her life" Robert Mobley Blasingame. After Lieutenant Robert Blasingame returned home from serving in the Korean War, they were married on March 28, 1953. Betty and Robert spent their first five years raising a family of four little girls in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and later, several command posts in Germany. "Bo", as he is now lovingly known by all, would leave the military to go to Candler School of Theology. Betty quickly became a wonderful minister's wife and then a few years later, a Chaplain's wife taking care of their four children while Bo served in the Vietnam War. Betty returned to college in 1970 in Frankfurt Germany and shared her love of European history with her family as they traveled through Europe. When Lieutenant Colonel Blasingame retired and began to work as a youth minister in Decatur First Methodist Church, they built a house in Oxford, Georgia and all four girls went to college. Betty joined her youngest daughter at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received her Master's Degree in Early Childhood. Betty proudly taught elementary school for eleven years in Decatur, Georgia and was considered a master teacher inspiring many younger teachers. Together, Betty and Bo designed and built a beautiful mountain home in Tiger, Georgia, all the while, dearly loving and nurturing their seven grandchildren. She would eventually move back to her beloved Decatur and begin to adore her eleven great-grandchildren. Betty was an extremely loving wife, mother, teacher, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. Betty and Bo traveled many times to Germany, usually bringing daughters or grandchildren with them. She fought cancer bravely for eight years and even continued to travel to Germany, Seattle, and Hawaii. Betty was a role model of strength and compassion to all the people who crossed her path. She will be profoundly missed. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother William "Burt" Fargason. She is survived by, Bo, her husband of sixty-four years; her four daughters: Lindy Burnett , Elizabeth Fishburn , Melisa Fishburn, and Patricia Pulliam ; her sister Jean Paulk of Fitzgerald, Georgia; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and other loving family and friends. Personal words of comfort and memories can be sent to [email protected]
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 29, 2017
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