In Memoriam: Carol Jean Blakely (June 10, 1945 – Aug. 13, 2022)

September 2022 Posted in Obituary

Carol Jean Blakely

Carol Jean Blakely of Silverton, Oregon passed away on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, at the age of 76. A private internment will take place at a later date in the Willamette National Cemetery.

Carol was born on June 10, 1946, in Medford Oregon, to D.A. Parker and Kathleen O’Neal Parker. As a child, she lived in Newellton Louisiana, until her family moved back to Southern Oregon, where she resided for much of her life. After high school, she attended business school. She worked many jobs throughout her life, including being a florist. In 2015 Carol and Dale moved to the beautiful town of Silverton, Oregon to retire. Carol was very artistic; she enjoyed painting, sewing, crocheting, and making ceramic pottery. Over the years she has created many beautiful pieces, that we will cherish for years to come. She also found great joy in gardening, camping, and making cookies with her grandkids. Later in life, Carol became an avid insulator collector and was a member of the National Insulator Association. She and her husband, Dale, spent her later years traveling the country to attend insulator shows. Their favorite place to travel was Farmington, New Mexico, where they would attend the National Insulator Convention. Often, Carol could be found snuggled up in her chair watching M*A*S*H reruns.

She is proceeded in death by her parents and her precious dog, Abby. Carol is survived by her beloved husband Dale Blakely; brother, Dan Parker (Jessie); her children, Kristy Roberts (Rex), Wendy Turner, Matt Turner and Sara Whittaker; her grandchildren, Suzanne Crenshaw (Josh), Brittany Roberts, Micah Roberts (Tali), Andrea Turner, Carolanne Webb (Chris), Gary Whittaker (Megan), Annabelle Roberts, Rebecca Argall (Tristan), Kristen Roberts, Seth Roberts, Kaydence Whittaker, Reece Whittaker, Hayley Turner, Lariza Turner and Sophia Whittaker; her greatgrandchildren, Benton, Benjamin, River, Waylon, Bentley, Finley, Natasha and one more arriving later this year. She is also survived by her beloved dog, Libby, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. The family would like to thank the hospice nurses for their compassionate care they provided Carol and the family over the last several months.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made in Carol’s name to National Insulator Association’s Scholarship Fund. Checks can be mailed to The NIA Treasurer, P.O. Box 28 Colusa, CA 95932 or online at

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