Obituary published October 30, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

Velma Maxine Blackmore of Mexico passed away at Boone Hospital on Monday, October 28, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Arnold Funeral Home with Rev. Jeffrey Stott officiating. Visitation is Friday from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park.
Mrs. Blackmore was the youngest of three daughters born to William Thomas & Virginia Abigail Latimer on May 23, 1920. Her early years were spent in Sturgeon, MO, the family moved to Centralia where she graduated from Centralia High School.
On July 5, 1941 she married George T. Blackmore and they became the parents of four children, David Ray, Myrta Gayle, Thomas Wayne and Verna Sue. Mr. Blackmore preceded her in death in 2009 after 68 years of marriage.
During her lifetime Mrs. Blackmore held a variety of jobs, one of the earliest being the Missouri Telephone Company. She also worked for Stanley Home Products, Avon, Miracle Maid and Nikken. In 1949 Mr. and Mrs. Blackmore purchased a farm east of Mexico which they row cropped. Over the years they had a variety of livestock including sheep, hogs and registered Black Angus cattle. Mrs. Blackmore was active in the day to day farming chores as well as maintaining the records. In 1965 they built a 25 acre lake on the farm which was open to the public until 1985. The Blackmore's also developed land for building lots at two locations. Mrs. Blackmore became a real estate broker and opened Blackmore's Realty which she ran for a number of years.
Mrs. Blackmore has volunteered during her lifetime including at Audrain Medical Center, and assisting seniors file their income tax.
Maxine was known for her cooking talent and enjoyed collecting cookbooks as well as Hallmark Christmas ornaments. Mrs. Blackmore loved gardening and canning. She eagerly assisted family members in their time of need or illness.
Maxine was an avid Cardinals fan and enjoyed attending games as well as watching them on television. Mrs. Blackmore was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mexico and attended regularly until poor health.
Maxine is survived by her daughters, Myrta Wade of Mexico and Susie Nelson (Jim) of House Springs, MO; six grandchildren, David M. Blackmore, Parish Wade (Loretta), Shalane Blackmore, Stephanie Blair, Jarred Blackmore (Renee), and Jacob Nelson; seven great-grandchildren Brittnii George, Ryan Blair, Chris McClure (Shayna), Chelsie Desjardins (Stephan), Derek George, Jordan Friday, Alex Whisler and six great-great-grandchildren Madison Jennings, Brooklyn McClure, Peyton Desjardins, Adriane George, Gabriel McClure and Ayden Davis.
Preceded in death by her husband George of 68 years, her parents, two sons Wayne Blackmore and David Blackmore and her sisters, Mafra Jennings and Lillian Thoenen.
Our dear Mom, Grandma, Aunt, cousin and friend to many will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed.
In lieu of plants or flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Lottie Moon Offering of First Baptist Church of Mexico, MO or a charity of your choice.
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