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Ripepi Funeral Home Obituary

MARGARET RUTH BLACKISTON (nee Benning) age 89, of Parma, Ohio, passed away on March 7, 2018, at Pleasantview Care Center. She was born March 10, 1928 in Erie, Pennsylvania to Oscar and Helen (nee Piper) Benning.  After high school, she moved to Cleveland, Ohio and attended St. Alexis Hospital...

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Marge's family at her Memorial Service 4/14/18 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Parma OH

Marge admired Noah Hutchins (now in heaven too) immensely. For 60 years he directed Both very articulate Christian political activists.

Marge loved Bill Federer, famous Christian Historian. So happy to meet him 7/13/13 in Columbus, OH at conference

Marge admired Bill Federer - famous Christian historian., very much. She was delighted to meet him in person at the SWRC Conference in Columbus Ohio in 2013

Marge loved cats! My Millie normally didn't like strangers!

My kitty Millie normally wouldn't take to strangers. She took to Marge right away April 2012 and Marge held her for a long time! They were both so happy!

Marge loved Pastor Ernie Sanders, and vice versa, here she is next to him at a Chili Cook Off in 2012

Truly a sainted woman, faithful for so many years and kind to everyone

My phone conversations with Grandma Marge were uplifting and positive. She was like a ray of sunshine and always was thinking of others. Helpfulness, thoughtfulness and love encompassed her character. I never met her in person but just in phone conversations and what Pastor Sanders declared about her I know she was a jewel. She will be missed.

Grandma Marge was one in a million! She was unique in the bold way she shared the only way to heaven - by accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour . John 14:6 Jesus saith unto them I am the way, the truth & the life. No one cometh unto the Father (gets into heaven) except by me. But also, the bold way she shared her very conservative Republican views were exemplified by her powerful political activism unparalleled by any lady that I have ever been blessed to know personally!
My heart...