Mary Lucile Robinson Blackledge, 95, formerly of Laurel, died peacefully Saturday, March 18, 2017, at her home in Hattiesburg.
A graveside service will be Friday at 1:30 p.m., at Ellisville Cemetery. The Rev. Mark Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Laurel.
Mrs. Blackledge was born July, 28, 1921, to the late Daniel Justin Robinson and Mary Lucile Jordan Robinson. She spent her childhood in Laurel; Fargo, N.D.; and Trenton, N.J., where her father’s lumber business took them before his untimely death in 1932. She then returned with her mother and brother to Ellisville, where she graduated from Ellisville High School and attended Jones County Junior College before her marriage in 1941.
A lifelong Methodist, she was a member of First United Methodist Church in Laurel where she was a life member of United Methodist Women, had served on the Altar Guild and had worked in the shut-in meal delivery ministry.
She was a former board member of the YWCA and former member of Park Place Garden Club.
A member of the National Society Colonial Dames of America, she was also a member of Nahoula chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, the NSDAR Heritage Club and the MSSDAR Cameo Society.
Mrs. Blackledge and her husband enjoyed traveling, especially to historic sites, decorating, and collecting antiques. Following her husband’s retirement, the couple owned and operated The Antiques Mart in Laurel.
Completely dedicated to her family, her greatest love was for her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she relished any occasion to have her large family together.
She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 72 years Carl Eugene Blackledge Sr., her parents, and her brother Daniel Justin Robinson Jr.
She is survived by a son, Carl E. Blackledge Jr. (Jane); and three daughters, Marilyn B. Biglane (Kenny), Gay B. Kirkland (Tom) of Ridgeland and Robin B. Blair (Bruce) of Hattiesburg; also, her eight grandchildren, who lovingly called their grandparents “Meme and Big Daddy,” Dana B. Burwell (Todd) of Madison, Peter J. Biglane (Karen) of Laurel, Casey B. Templeton (Tad) of Birmingham, Ala., Kelsey Blackledge of Fort Worth, Texas, Carl Blackledge III of Oxford; Trey Kirkland, Mary Jordan K. Fuller (Thomas) of Ridgeland, Kathleen K. Ivy (Caleb) of Madison; and eight great-grandchildren, Josh Burwell of Los Angeles, Mary Hannah Burwell of Charleston, S.C., Will Peyton Burwell of Madison, Sophie and Ainsley Biglane of Laurel, and Henry, Lucy and Alice Templeton, all of Birmingham.
The family expresses its deep gratitude for the excellent and loving care given by Becky Scarbrough, Gloria S. Nichols, Deana N. McKissick and Jadee Hall during Mrs. Blackledge’s extended illness.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or the Animal Rescue League.