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Kathryn Marie (Metz) Blackford

May 6, 1927 ~ March 14, 2020 (age 92)


Kathryn Marie (Metz) Blackford, 92, of Danville peacefully passed away on March 14, 2020. She was born at home in Paxton, IL on May 6, 1927, the daughter of Chris and Mary Metz.

Katie is survived by her husband of 71 years, Donald E. Blackford of Danville; son, James Blackford of Danville; daughters, Susan Blackford of Milwaukee, WI, Donna (Ron) Stewart of Ridge Farm; brother, Lester Metz; Pauline Metz; beloved grandchildren, Travis (Mandy) Cunningham, Jessica (James) Hagley, Stephen (Beth) Blackford, Eric (Kayla) Blackford, Melissa Blackford and great-grandchildren, Alex Hagley, Katie Hagley, Lucas Hagley, Brenden Cunningham, Rycelyn Cunningham and Isaac Blackford. As well as special friends, Carol Blundy, Nancy Blundy, Kim Olds, Carolyn Hummel, Judy Berckmann and Christa Cunningham.

She is preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Laurie Malone and brothers, Aaron Metz, James Metz and Martin Metz.

After graduating Danville High School Katie taught elementary school during World War II. She then spent the rest of her career working for the Credit Bureau in Downtown Danville. Katie was a member of Farmers Chapel United Methodist Church and tirelessly and eagerly made the most of every day, always dedicating herself to her family, friends and her community. She proudly served on the Board of Directors for the Christian Home for Youth, as a Girl Scout Leader, and was dedicated to using her creativity and artistic talents at church to serve as a Sunday School Leader, on numerous committees, organizing church fellowships and singing in the choir. Katie was also an active gardener and enjoyed baking for her friends and family. During retirement she enjoyed reading to children in local elementary schools and caring for and entertaining her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her uplifting spirit and warm heart were felt by all who met her. She also kept all those close to her on their toes by frequently planning kind-hearted and clever practical jokes.

There will be private family services followed by a burial at Sunset Memorial Park. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, Illinois, 3940 N Vermilion St. Danville, Illinois 61834 is assisting the family with arrangements.

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