SPRINGFIELD — Jessie I. Blakey, 95, of Springfield, died at 12:05 a.m. Friday (April 12, 2019) at Heritage Health, Springfield.
She was born Oct. 27, 1923, in Christian County, to Everett and Elsie Redfern Solomon. She married Lyle G. Blakey on Feb. 20, 1949, and he preceded her in death Sept. 3, 2009. Also preceding her in death were her daughter, Paulette Medley; three brothers; and four sisters.
Survivors include one daughter, Jeanine (Bruce) Evans, Bloomington; three grandchildren, Michael Medley, Megan Evans and Kristin (Adam) Krumtinger; four great-grandchildren, Harper, Briggs and Campbell Krumtinger and Evan “Evie” McCauley; and several nieces and nephews.
Jessie was a member of Elliott Avenue Baptist Church. She loved music, especially playing the piano.
She worked for the state of Illinois Department of Vocation and Rehabilitation Services.
Private family services are at Camp Butler National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Elliott Avenue Baptist Church, 501 W. Elliott Ave., Springfield, IL 62702.
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