Garnet Virginia Blankenship

Garnet Virginia Blankenship, 78, of Parkersburg, W.Va., passed away Feb. 28, 2013, at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

She was born Jan. 10, 1935, in Wood County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Gideon Paul and Mabel Mae Waggoner Lyons.

Garnet was a graduate of Parkersburg High School, and was employed for over 20 years with the former Parkview Nursing Home (Eagle Pointe) as a dietician. She enjoyed reading, attending PHS football games and watching professional baseball. She was a member of 14th Avenue Gospel Mission, where she also participated in the Ladies Guild, Adults without Partners, and was a Communion Stewardess of the church.

Surviving are her daughters, Mae Ellen McCallister (John) of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and Sherri Barton (Stephen) of Parkersburg; her stepdaughter, Jackie Walters (Steve), also of Parkersburg; her stepsons, John L. Blankenship (Sharon) of Vero Beach, Fla., Bryan Blankenship Jr. (Sherry) of Summersville, S.C., and Jim Blankenship of Vienna, W.Va.; two brothers, Argil Lyons of Marietta, Ohio, and Denzil Lyons of Vienna, W.Va.; two step-grandchildren, April McCallister and Sarah McCallister; and four step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bryan “Pete” Blankenship Sr.; one son, Arnold Paul Dailey; one sister, Betty Monroe; and three brothers, Elmer Miller, Hubert Miller and Harold Lyons.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St., south Parkersburg, with Pastor Tim Burch officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens, Parkersburg. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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