Rena Mae Blackburn, 98, of North Wilkesboro passed away Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at Chatham Nursing and Rehabilitation. Mrs. Blackburn was born Dec. 19, 1920, in Wilkes County to Lonnie and Etta Roope Richardson.  

Nannie Mae was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Nothing thrilled her more than to have her home full of family. Mae was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and sewing. She was a faithful member of Arbor Grove Baptist Church. Mae was a Godly woman with strong Christian values, and felt it important to share those values with those around her. She was a strong woman full of grace and love for others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred L. Blackburn; a brother, Ralph Richardson; and two sisters, Mary Nell Johnson and Thelma Johnson.  

Survivors include two sons, David Blackburn and wife, Betty, and Larry Blackburn and wife, Sharon; three grandchildren, Heather Gail, Mike Blackburn and wife, Crystal, and Travis Blackburn and wife Julie, and seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Beatrice Blackburn, Ruth Billings and Ruby Calhoun; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Arbor Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Elliott Smith and the Rev. Mike Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Elkin Funeral Service.  

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Arbor Grove Baptist Church or to Mountain Valley Hospice.  

The family would like to express deep gratitude to her caregivers, Jennifer Colbert and Bayada Home Health Care of Elkin, as well as Chatham Nursing and Rehabilitation and Mountain Valley Hospice nurses and staff.

Online condolences may be made at Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Elkin Funeral Service.

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