Norma Jean Buys Blakemore
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West Lafayette, IN
Norma Jean Buys Blakemore

West Lafayette - Norma Jean Buys Blakemore, 89, of West Lafayette IN, passed away on January 19, surrounded by her husband and family.

Jeannie is survived by her husband James C. Blakemore, sister in law Linda Burke, her children and their spouses, James C. Blakemore Jr. and Karen Blakemore, Jeffrey and Susan Blakemore and Jennifer Morrison, Janice Blakemore Gresser and John Gresser, and grandchildren and their spouses and partners Brandon Blakemore and Stephanie Graham Blakemore, Lauren and Sam Clegg, Kendra Blakemore and Sam Kissner, Andrew Blakemore, Eric Blakemore, Kevin and Karin Morrison, Karen Morrison, Maria and Jody Glaze, Elizabeth Gresser and Rebekah Gresser and great grandchildren Quinn Morrison, DeMira, Eowyn and Jaden Glaze.

Norma Jean Buys Blakemore, lovingly known as Jeannie, was born on July 15, 1931 to Glenn Edward Buys and Nellie Florence Hayes Buys in Mount Morris, Michigan.

Jeannie graduated from Mount Morris High School in 1949 and after graduating, attended Taylor University and worked as a dental hygienist in Flint.

In 1952, she met Dr. James C. Blakemore and the two became inseparable. They exchanged love letters during the Korean War and vows in 1954. Their marriage lasted over sixty six years and their children followed in their footsteps with long, happy marriages of their own.

Jeannie believed every person is to be a nurturing parent to every child they encounter, including the inner children of every adult. Her love for children was evident in the way she raised her four children and her work in the community. Up until her last moments, Jeannie's children and grandchildren called and FaceTimed her regularly because of their deep love of the family she built. Even hospitalization during a pandemic couldn't prevent her children from being with her every second on video calls.

While raising her children, she pursued a degree in early childhood development and family studies from Purdue University and graduated with honors. She went on to complete her master's in the same program with honors.

Jeannie impacted the community by creating a lending library for equipment for students with disabilities, implementing medical screening for Head Start and working at Wabash Center as an advocate for children and families.

She took pride in leading the senior high school youth fellowship at the Federated Church

She helped start Stewart House at Purdue University by being the first advisor along with her husband.

Jeannie loved to sew and made beautiful quilts and clothes for her children and grandchildren. She loved to cook and taught her family to enjoy foods from different cultures. Jeannie loved people and lived life to the fullest. She was also a lifelong learner and teacher.

Jeannie's family would like to give special thanks to all the unseen heroes who took care of her and went above and beyond in their love, compassion and care for her.

In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Jeannie with a donation to, a fund set up to create opportunities for children.

Due to the pandemic, the services will be online only January 30, 2021 at 1:00 PM via Zoom. To access the livestream starting at 12:30 pm, go to then click "Join Meeting". Meeting id #83070626102 password 1111. Password 1111 Join Zoom Meeting

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Jeannie was predeceased by her parents Glenn E Buys, Nellie Buys, Sister Betty Harcz, Brother George Edward Buys, Brother in law William Oscar Blakemore II, Niece Donna Harcz.

She is survived by those listed above and by her nieces and nephews Ed Buys, Joe Harcz, Greg Harcz, Tom and Deb Harcz, Mike and Terri Harcz, Chris and Sheryl Harcz, Robin and Jim Norton, John and Betsy Harcz, David and Patty Harcz, Dante Blakemore, William Blakemore III, Nadine and Patrick Milostan, Allen and Chris Blakemore, Joel and Karla Blakemore, Keith Burke and partner Damian, Willy Burke, Ann Marie Cheezum.

Published by Journal & Courier from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30, 2021.
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It was such a privilege to care for her. Thank you for allowing me the honor! I'm keeping your family in my prayers!
Kris Eiler
February 1, 2021
Loved my aunt Jeannie. Wish the family had lived closer to us but always enjoyed their visits to Mount Morris. Hopefully one day we can get everybody together.
Tom Harcz
January 30, 2021
Susan and family,

I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your mother in law. She certainly sounds like an amazing woman! I hope your fond memories can bring you some joy during this difficult time.

Michelle Yakimicki
Michelle Yakimicki
January 30, 2021
I have nothing but good memories of Aunt Jeannie. From the times at North lake to the last time I seen her at Traverse City. My mother and her already had went to the casino and it didn’t go good and she wanted to go try her luck again. But Uncle Cliff was Adamant it wasn’t going to happen. But she easily talked me into driving her with my mother back to the casino laughing all the way. I always loved visiting her down in West Lafayette especially when grandpa and grandma we’re still alive. My prayers and condolences to all of the family.
David Harcz
January 30, 2021
Dear Dr. Blakemore and Family, I am so sorry to learn of Mrs. Blakemore's passing! I only have fond memories of the years we were neighbors, back to back, north of the By-Pass back in the 60's! Mrs. Blakemore was always so welcoming and kind to Joe, Geilan and myself in whatever activity, game, snack or event was taking place at the time.

Richard Ismail
Richard Ismail
January 29, 2021
Uncle Cliff and Family - My heart goes out to you all. I wish I could be there with everyone during this time. I loved Aunt Jeannie so very deeply. I will cherish all my memories of Aunt Jeannie - she always made me smile. She cared so much about her immediate and extended family. She will forever be loved by all the people she touched during her wonderful life.

Dante Blakemore
January 29, 2021
Dear Cliff, Jim and Karen and family,
Our hearts are heavy at Jeannie’s passing. We pray that soon the pain of grief will be replaced with the memories of the joys you shared. That tears will change to smiles and laughter. God be with you and hold you in the palm of His hand.
Kevin & Becky Ball
January 29, 2021
I was so sorry to learn of the passing of my Aunt Jeannie. My favorite childhood memories were of those traveling to West Lafayette to spend time with her, my Uncle Cliff and my cousins. By all accounts, Aunt Jeannie was the kindest, most caring and loving person I could have every imagined to have as an aunt. Whenever we were together, she always made me feel special. While it has been several years since we last saw each other, I have never forgotten the incredible difference she made in my life. Rest in peace, Aunt Jeannie.
Nadine Milostan
January 29, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
DeeDee Beaman
January 29, 2021
Sorry to hear about Jeannie. What a positive person. She was a gift to the world and to kids in Tippecanoe county. I met Jeannie as we provided services for children with disabilities. Jeannie was creative and down to earth. She made work in our field a pleasure.

My condolences to Jeannie’s husband, family, and especially to Janice.
Jim Sands
January 29, 2021
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