Carol Blakley
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Natural beauty Carol Blakley was born E. Carol Brown on Nov. 12, 1923, on a farm near Lebanon, Kan. She attended Lebanon High School where she was the secretary of her class. In 1940, she moved to Caldwell, and graduated from Caldwell High in 1941. At a Church Society meeting, she met future husband Ron Blakley.
March 17, 1942, a day that will go down in history, marks the date that she and Ron were married in Pendleton, Ore., a loving union which has lasted over 67 years. She and Ron traveled extensively while he was in flying training in the Army Air Corps. They settled in Oregon, where Ron attended OSU.
Carol gave birth to daughter, Ronee Sue on August 24, 1945, son, Stephen Franklin on June 2, 1951, and Marthetta Mae ("Muffie") on July 11, 1954, after which the family returned to Caldwell. Ron opened a consulting engineering firm, which he operated for 32 years.
Carol assisted in the business as a bookkeeper, but her real career was as a homemaker and volunteer, a church and community activist with the Disciples of Christ Christian Church (where she served on the General Board), GLAD, PFlag, and Crop Walk, just a few of the many beneficiaries of her lifelong devotion to causes she believed in, including hosting three exchange students from South America.
On Dec. 7, 1962, she gave birth to son, John David.
Carol served as the chairman of the first art auction and ball to benefit the Canyon County Mental Health Association and was an active proponent of lesbian and gay rights throughout the nation. Indeed, she will be remembered for her speech at the General Assembly of her church, widely credited with leading to an acceptance of gay people in the ministry. She was a member of P.E.O. chapter BM for over 30 years.
In 1991, Carol was featured in the Idaho Daily Statesman as Distinguished Citizen of the Month. Carol attended BSU throughout the '70s, taking classes in her various interests (and they were varied). She announced proudly that she'd "majored in me".
Carol loved the arts. At age 16 she won a talent show in Lebanon singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," was in her later years a performing member of Majors and Minors, and an attendee at all the concerts she could fit in. She made sure that her children were enrolled in piano lessons.
Carol died Oct. 5, 2009, surrounded by her husband, children and grandchildren. She is survived by husband, Ron; sister, Marthetta Jones; children, Ronee Blakley, Marthetta Mae ("Muffie") Blakley, and John Blakley and his wife, Donna; grandchildren, Jackson Blakley and Sarah Blakley-Cartwright; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by son, Stephen Blakley, parents Jim and Mae Brown, and five brothers.
Carol spent her life caring for others, and was a woman who'd never met a stranger. Her flair for living life to the fullest will be remembered deeply by all those who knew and loved her.
Services will be held at Treasure Valley Christian Church, 2915 S. Montana, Caldwell at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, followed by inurnment at Canyon Hill Cemetery, Caldwell. Condolences and memories may be shared with Carol's family through their online guestbook at
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Treasure Valley Christian Church or the Caldwell Education Fund at Caldwell High School in Stephen Blakley's name or to your favorite charity.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Oct. 8, 2009.
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October 12, 2009
Carol with Ruth Garrison & Schuyler Enochs in the State Capitol - roughly 1998
October 12, 2009
I send the fondest of thoughts and memories. Carol was tireless and brave, kind and seemingly never daunted by obstacles. She was one of those amazing PFLAG moms, who bravely forged with us into the Statehouse, to rallies or where ever we needed help. She was a mother to many over the years who didn't have supportive moms. She could make the most hostile law makers look at gay people as someone's sons and daughters. She made a world of difference and may well be a big part of why most anti-gay legislation never passed the Idaho legislature. I send a hug to Ron and a million thanks.
With love, Nicole LeFavour
Nicole LeFavour
October 11, 2009
Dear Ron and Blakley Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of Carol. I grieve also, but I rejoice for the life and works of this good woman. I met Carol and Ron in the early 90s while we advocated for gay equality in Idaho. Their dedication to the cause was inspiring. Carol always brought her optimism and good cheer wherever she went, and she always showed up.
I know that Carol had a long life full of family and other matters besides gay equality. She had a big impact in her time on earth.
With love, John Hummel
John Hummel
October 8, 2009
Dear Ron and Family,so very saddened to learn of Carols passing into God's waiting Arms. I personally benefited from the many times that I shared with you and Carol. Her radiant smile could light the darkest day. I am al,ways so greatful that she and you gave such love to the LGBT community and you are in my prayers, and Ron I'm sending a hug and prayer especially for you. Sorry I can't be with you tomorrow but know I'm thinking of you both.

Rev. Jodi Mekkers
MCC retired
Rev.Jodi Mekkers
October 8, 2009
Since I am in Massachusetts I am unable to attend our very dear Carol's service. Please know that my love and prayers will be with you. May God watch over all of you.
Love, Virgina
Virginia Griffiths
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