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  • ID: I010419
  • Name: Stella Gertude Rigney
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 25 SEP 1920 in Pittsylvania Co., VA
  • Death: 17 JAN 2008 in Roanoke City, VA
  • Reference Number: 10419
  • Note:
    2008, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary
    Published in the Roanoke Times from 1/19/2008 - 1/21/2008.
    Stella Rigney Blankenship, 87, of Roanoke went to be with her Lord on Thursday, January 17, 2008. Stella was born September 25, 1920 in Pittsylvania County, a daughter of the late Claude Swanson Rigney and Nannie Kate Maxey Rigney.
    She married Jessie Malcolm Blankenship in Roanoke on August 9, 1941; he preceded her in death on March 25, 1991. She was also preceded in death by three sons, Malcolm Wayne Blankenship, David Leroy Blankenship and Dale Edward Blankenship, a brother, Dudley Rigney and a sister, Clara Luckado.
    Stella was a long time employee of Kenrose Manufacturing where she filled a number of roles. A very proud woman, she loved jigsaw and crossword puzzles, quilting and crocheting.
    Stella leaves five loving and devoted children and spouses to cherish her memory, Billy Reid Blankenship, Sharon Sue and Lee Altice, Dennis "Dink" and Pat Blankenship, Carol Ann and Gary LaPrad, Tim and Mary Blankenship; two daughters-in-law, Pat Blankenship and Nancy Blankenship; 10 grandchildren and spouses, Ronnie and Pam Blankenship, Bo and Libby Blankenship, Donna and Patrick Pelliteri, Tony and Diana (Falls) Blankenship, Rick Altice, Melissa and Mike Harvey, Robbie and Adrianne (Toler) Blankenship, Brett LaPrad, Jason LaPrad and Logan Blankenship; also, eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her loving brothers and sisters, James Swanson and Jewell Rigney, Junior and Mildred Rigney, Paul and Frances Rigney, Myrtle Donavant, Betty Jean and Junior Hall, Irene and "Doc" Fralin and a multitude of nieces, nephews and friends.
    A service celebrating Stella's life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, January 21, 2008 at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Reed A. Ness. Interment will follow at Franklin Memorial Park at Rocky Mount.
    From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)

    Father: Claude Swanson Rigney
    Mother: Nannie Kate Maxey

    Marriage 1 Jesse Malcolm Blankenship b: 4 OCT 1919 in Gills Creeks Dist, Franklin Co, VA
    • Married: 9 AUG 1941 in Roanoke, Virginia
    1. Has Children Malcolm Wayne Blankenship b: 15 MAR 1943 in Roanoke City, VA
    2. Has No Children Living Blankenship
    3. Has Children David Leroy Blankenship b: 19 MAR 1947 in Roanoke, VA
    4. Has No Children Dale Edward Blankenship b: 17 MAR 1949 in Roanoke, VA
    5. Has Children Living Blankenship
    6. Has Children Living Blankenship
    7. Has Children Living Blankenship
    8. Has Children Living Blankenship
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