Dorothy Ruth Blankenship

Blankenship, Dorothy Ruth
99, of Glendale, AZ passed away on March 20, 2014. Dorothy was born on November 22, 1914, in Wichita, Kansas. She attended public school and the University of Wichita, where she majored in music education and was active in Delta Omega, the music sorority. Music remained important to her throughout her life; she loved playing the piano and sang in choral groups. She graduated from college in 1936, and then taught music in rural high schools around Wichita. After a few years of high school teaching, she returned to Wichita and a job in the municipal electric utility. After World War II broke out, Dorothy met Abe Margolin, who became her husband a few years later. They were married in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he taught at West Virginia University. Before their first child, David, was a year old, they moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1948, where Abe began teaching at Phoenix College. From that time until her death, Dorothy lived most of her life in the Phoenix area. By 1950, the family had grown to five, with the addition of twin girls, Nancy and Sally. Dorothy stayed home with the children until they started preschool, at which point she went back to school herself, to earn a teaching degree in early childhood education. She taught kindergarten until her retirement in 1978, and remained delighted by little ones the rest of her life. Dorothy was a long-time member of Phoenix Lyric Singers and an avid bird-watcher. After Abe's death, in 1973, Dorothy married Ralph Blankenship, a long-time neighbor and friend. Once retired from teaching, Dorothy introduced Ralph to her love of traveling. They traveled together throughout the United States and all over the world. Together they were active in the Arizona Retired Teachers' Association and Arizona State University (Ralph's alma mater) alumni events. She and Ralph lived for several years in Scottsdale, before moving to Sedona, their favorite place. As they got older, however, they decided to move back to the Phoenix area, in order to be closer to health care facilities. Ralph passed away in 1998. Dorothy spent the last six years of her life being lovingly cared for at a private residence in Glendale. Remaining friends and family will miss her always cheerful disposition and great sense of humor. She is survived by her three children - David Margolin, Sally Margolin, and Nancy Singleton - and three grandchildren - Boris, Hannah, and Danielle. No services are planned.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 13, 2014