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Jane Merle Blankenship

January 30, 1953 — December 26, 2023

Jane Merle Blankenship, affectionately known to all as Jane, passed away peacefully on December 26, 2023, at the age of 70, in her hometown of Pelzer, South Carolina. Born on January 30, 1953, in the same close-knit community, Jane's life was a testament to the values of love, family, and the joy found in simple pleasures.

Jane's journey through life was shared with her beloved husband, Dewey Blankenship, who, along with her step-daughter Christy Smith, provided her with enduring companionship and countless cherished memories. She was a sister to a remarkable family, including her brothers Larry Duncan and his wife Melvie, Wade Duncan, Sammy Duncan and his wife Gloria, Michael Duncan and his wife Anita, and her sisters Gail Fleming, Mary Garland, and Rachael Fitkin. Together, they wove a tapestry of familial love that was the backdrop of Jane's life.

Throughout her years, Jane dedicated herself to the roles of caregiver and homemaker, pouring her heart into the well-being of her family. She approached life with an adventurous spirit, always ready to explore new experiences and create lasting memories with those she held dear. Jane's generosity knew no bounds; she was the kind of person who would give without hesitation, making her a cherished member of her community.

Music was one of Jane's greatest joys. Her love for melody and rhythm was a constant source of happiness and comfort, a passion she embraced wholeheartedly. Jane's dog, Fred, was another source of immense joy. The bond they shared was a beautiful display of the unconditional love between a pet and its owner, and their companionship brought her immeasurable comfort and happiness.

An avid shopper, Jane found pleasure in the thrill of finding just the right item, whether for herself, her home, or as a thoughtful gift for someone she loved. Being a housewife was not just a role for Jane, but a calling. She took pride in creating a warm and welcoming home, a sanctuary for her family and the many friends who passed through its doors.

Jane's presence was a light in the lives of all who knew her, and her absence will be deeply felt. Her loving nature, adventurous spirit, and generous heart were the hallmarks of her character, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of her family and friends.

As we bid farewell to Jane, we do so with gratitude for the time we were privileged to share with her. Her laughter, her kindness, and her unwavering love will continue to inspire us as we hold her memory close. Jane's legacy is one of love and joy, a legacy that will be treasured and remembered by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

Jane Merle Blankenship lived a life full of love and laughter, and though she has left this earthly realm, the echoes of her vibrant spirit will resonate for years to come. We take solace in knowing that her journey was a beautiful one, marked by the love she gave and the love she received. Jane, you will be missed, but never forgotten.

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