Hazel Virginia (Baxter) BlackburnApril 6, 1922 ~ April 9, 2017 (age 95)
Hazel was born in Portland, Oregon on April 6, 1922. Her father’s name was Robert James Baxter Sr. and her mother’s name was Anna Baxter. She had an older brother named Robert James Baxter Jr.
She lived in Challenge, California when she was very young, where her father worked as a lookout ranger on Pikes Peak. They moved to Gaston, Oregon where they lived for a few years until moving to Sellwood, Oregon. She went to Ardenwald grade school. She worked at the Grocetiera as a cashier, Oregon Cortage works where they manufactured rope and processed tobacco for cigarettes. She also worked at Tebo’s where she ran a screw machine that made bomb fuses during WWII.
When she was 16 she went to a reunion dance where she met Kenneth O. Blackburn. They dated for 6 years and married on July 11, 1944. In 1946 she had a baby boy that passed away at birth. On February 3, 1950 Kenneth O. Blackburn Jr. was born. Their first home was located on Southeast Bell Street in Portland and lived there until 1952 then moved to 6315 SE 58th, Portland. In 1957 they tried to adopt a baby boy, but the mother decided after a year she wanted the baby back. On September 23, 1959 Robert Allen Blackburn was born and their family was complete.
Mom and Dad loved to roller skate at Oaks Park and did so quite frequently. They also loved to dance, ballroom, swing and square dance. They belonged to a Vespa club, RV club, Bowling team and did several social activities.
Mom was a homemaker and took care of her two boys while enjoying sewing, crafts and cooking. She also enjoyed gardening and a green house. She had 65 rose bushes that produced several colors winning awards during the 60’s.
Dad retired in the early 80’s and they began traveling to almost every state meeting new friends and visiting relatives all over the US.
Dad passed away on March 25, 2011 which ended 67 years of a happy marriage.
After dad’s death mom remained in their home with her best friend Pearl (the dog) until June of 2014. She then sold the home and moved to Vineyard Care in Milwaukie, Oregon where she met lots of new friends and seemed to enjoy her new apartment, but missed the freedom of driving and cooking her own meals. In July of 2015 mom had a major heart attack. Unable to return to Vineyard Care she moved to Idleman Care Facility. In 2016 she had a stroke that affected her left side and kept her from moving around freely. Through the time after being bed ridden mom still could remember her childhood and everything in between.
She greeted everyone with a smile and no one could leave without her extending her right index finger and saying “you be careful!”
Mom passed away peacefully in her sleep at 7:00 am on April 9, 2017 (Palm Sunday) at a respectful age of 95. She was a very strong willed person and told me several times she was going to beat grandma’s record of 101 years old.
Mom “you be careful” and we love you very much! I can only imagine mom and dad dancing the way they used to and seeing all of their family and friends that passed before them.
Love always mom,
Your sons, family and friends.
Services will be held at 3:00 pm, Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Funeral Home chapel, 6705 SE 14th Ave, Portland, Oregon.