Funeral services for Mrs. Willa Harriett Bishop Horton Blakey will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street, Vandalia, Mo. 63382. Wake/Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and her funeral service will begin immediately afterwards at 1:30 p.m. on that same date.
The Rev. Richard Mayson will officiate.
Burial will be in the Vandalia Cemetery in Vandalia, Mo., immediately following the funeral services. Funeral services are being handled by Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia, Mo. 63382, 573-594-2125.
Born and raised in Vandalia, Mo., Mrs. Blakey was a resident of Hannibal, Mo. for more than 50 years. She attended public schools in Vandalia, Mo. and Mexico, Mo., and attended Gem City College in Quincy, Ill.
Mrs. Blakey died on Monday, October 28, 2013 while at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo. following a recent series of hospitalizations. She was born on August 24, 1930 to William McKinley Bishop and Arabella Weir Bishop, both of whom have preceded her in death. She was first married to Hilary A. Horton, Jr., who preceded her in death, from which two children were born in Montgomery, Ala.; Jacqueline E. Horton (St. Louis, Mo.) and Brenda Joyce Horton Lue (Kansas City, Mo.). She later married James E. Blakey, a long term resident of Hannibal, Mo., who also preceded her in death and to that union one son was born; James B. Blakey.
Surviving are Mrs. Blakey’s three children, Jacqueline E. Horton (St. Louis, Mo.); Brenda Joyce Horton Lue (Kansas City, Mo.); and James B. Blakey (Quincy, Ill.). Also surviving are three grandchildren, Steven Horton (Phoenix, Ariz.); Jamal Horton (Grandview, Mo.); and Mariss Blakey (Quincy, Ill.); and two great-grandchildren, Erin Elizabeth Frazier (Kirksville, Mlo.) and Izan Almansa Perez (Murcia, Spain); all of whom she loved very dearly.
Mrs. Blakey worked in a variety of positions throughout most of her lifetime. Her adult working career began when she was only 16 years old when she washed dishes at Whals Hotel in Louisiana, Mo. for two years.
While living in Montgomery, Ala., she worked as a waitress and as a cashier at Adams Cafe before returning to her hometown in Vandalia, Mo.
She worked at the Vandalia Hotel for several years as a cook and a housekeeper and she also worked for the Ely Walker Garment Factory in Vandalia.
She was a supervisor over cleaning at the Maple Grove Nursing Home in Louisiana, Mo. and she worked for the Louisiana Plastics Factory.
She worked in a variety of jobs during her employment at American Safety Equipment Corporation, a factory located in Palymra, Mo.
While living in Hannibal, Mo., she worked at Master Tank & Welding Company in Hannibal, Mo. for five years and she worked at Luther Manor Retirement & Nursing Center; she worked at Beth-Haven Group Homes; and she worked part-time at Beth-Haven Group Homes as a cook and housekeeper for 10 years.
Willa’s last job was a part-time cleaning position with KHMO Radio Station in Hannibal, Mo.