Shirley Ann Blackburn (Thompson) was born on May 11, 1932 in Keokuk, Iowa to Richard and Wilma Thompson and passed away on June 5, 2021.
Shirley will be remembered by her family as a dear and devoted mother who raised her children in the admonition of the LORD. Those who knew her benefitted from her love, guidance, and encouragement during her many years of service to the LORD through ministry and she will continue to influence others well past her lifetime. She will be greatly missed by the countless lives she touched.
Shirley is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James Robert Blackburn along with two daughters Susan and Karen Blackburn. She is survived by five children, Samuel Ramsey, Dale Velinsky, Jeannine Wilson (Rick), Chris Blackburn (Shelley), Sherry Bollinger (Kenny), and Linda Blackburn. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Our Hannah, Shirley Ann Blackburn, zt”l, passed from this life to Life Eternal, Saturday around 6:25 PM. She was surrounded by her loving family in her home. Her rabbi was able to, twice, cover her with the wings of the tzitzit (fringed garment) and recite the traditional HaShem (Aharonic) Blessing and Sh’ma. Hannah, zt”l (May Her Memory Be For A Blessing), became a Jew by choice through a year-long study, written essays and dialogue with her Messianic Jewish rabbi, Yochanan Eukel of Kehilat Nahar Zerach River Rising Congregation in Mount Vernon, MO. Hannah, zt”l, completed the process in a Shavu’ot mikvah (Pentecost immersion) on May 31, 2017, Sivan 6, 5777 in the Big Spring tributary. Her son, Samuel assisted and with a mishpacha (family) of witnesses celebrated this heartfelt longing for completion and drawing from her Messiah Yeshua.
Celebration of Life Service has been scheduled for Tuesday June 8, 2021 at the Fossett Mosher Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, MO. Visitation will begin at 9:30 and service is scheduled for 10:30. Hannah, zt”l, will be buried on the hill of the Mount Vernon City Park Cemetery, just north of the Senior Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in her honor to Kehilat Nahar Zerach River Rising Congregation (541 Country Lane) in Mount Vernon.
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