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Evelyn Fern Blakeman
Oct. 10, 1920 July 14, 2010
At 12 a.m. on July 14, our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister left this life for a better place. She was born Oct. 10, 1920 in Merced, the third daughter to Ed and Minnie Campini of Cressey. She was a very proud resident of Merced County for most of her adult life and was a descendent of the pioneer Gamble and Campini families, making her a third-generation Californian. Family was always her number one priority, whether at the Old Campini cabin in the El Dorado National Forest or the houseboat “Beehive” on Lake McClure, family and our heritage was celebrated. Her other love was the Order of Eastern Star. She served it loyally for 60 years and was still holding an office at 89 years old. She was also a member of Daughters of the Nile, Sharon Temple of Fresno and Native Daughters of the Golden West. She was proud and sponsored the membership of her daughter, daughter-in-law, and all of her six granddaughters to become Native Daughters. Acknowledging a life this well lived is a very big problem. She was proud, loyal, dedicated, passionate, devoted, independent and strong. These words cannot possibly say enough, but words are all we have.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wm. Riley Blakeman Sr.; son, Roger Blakeman; sister, Doris Blakeman; brother, Elwood Campini; and her parents. She is survived by her sister, Lorene Jueneman of Merced, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is also survived by her daughter, Sharon (Patton) Schell of Folsom; her son, Wm. Riley Blakeman Jr. (Sandy) of Shingle Springs; daughter-in-law, Linda Blakeman of Modesto, widow of her son Roger; and grandchildren, Rhonda Calabrese, Roger Corbett, Jim Corbett, Rochelle Wood, Kimberly Hawkins, Melonie Albino, Hollie Owen, Wm. Riley Blakeman III and Shannon Pringle, all of them perfect in their “GRAM’S” eyes. Her later years were double blessed with the addition of the great grandchildren, Cody Corbiser, Colby Corbiser, Riley Corbett, Kyle Corbett, Alexandra Wood, Elizabeth Wood, Blake Albino and Emma Albino, Sean Hawkins and Cassidy Hawkins and Kara Owen.
Family and friends are invited to a public visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 18 at Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home, located at 3050 Winton Way in Atwater.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 19 at Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home in Atwater, with burial to follow at Winton District Cemetery in Winton.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home in Atwater.