October 29, 1922 - September 16, 2014

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BLACKBURN, ATHALIE SMITH, 91, of Plainfield, passed away peacefully on September 16, after a long illness. She was born on Oct. 29, 1922, in St. Johnsbury, to Col. Alexander J. Smith and Edah Perry Smith. She spent her childhood in South Ryegate, graduated from Woodsville High School in 1940 and attended Becker Business College in Worcester, Mass. Prior to Pearl Harbor, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she started working for the War Department. She later became the administrative aide to U.S. Sen. Ralph Flanders, of Vermont. While living in Washington, Athalie met Henry Clay Blackburn, whom she married in September of 1949. They raised their four children in Arlington, Va., where she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom, regularly attending Westover Baptist Church with her family, as well as being a Cub Scout den mother and active PTA member. She will be remembered as being a skilled seamstress, cook, singer, pianist, and she truly cherished spending time with her family and organizing the extended Perry family reunions. She and her husband moved to the Perry homestead in Plainfield in 1974. She was a member of the Plainfield Historical Society and Daughters of the American Revolution. Survivors include her sister, Polly Ann Viner, of Sebastian, Fla.; her four children, Alex Blackburn and wife Susan, of Berryville, Va., Cory Mangelinckx and husband, Joe, of Londonderry, N.H., Nelson Blackburn and wife, Kathy, of Charlotte, N.C., and Bradley Blackburn and wife, Lydia, of Danville; eight surviving grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 63 years, Henry Clay Blackburn, who died in October of 2012.

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