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Monna Mae Blackburn

Monna Mae

Buttolph Blackburn

Nov. 15, 1924-July 22, 2009

She was born Monna Mae Rhinehart to Harry Eugene Rhinehart and his wife, Anne Elizabeth Ryall in Santa Ana, Orange County, Calif. and their only child to survive to adulthood. Monna married Soloman Pritt in 1944 and gave birth to her first child, a son, Steven S. Monna and Soloman divorced soon after, mother and child then returned to live with her parents. In 1947, Monna married Joseph Franklin Buttolph, they had three daughters, all born in Mississippi, Jolene, Linda Ann and Sue Ellen. Having moved to Ashland, Ore., in 1962, a son was born to them a few years later, Rohn. Monna and Joe divorced in 1975. By this time Monna had worked for many years for Harry and David, now known as Bear Creek Corporation, she later moved to a better position with Boise Cascade and retired from there.

Monna involved herself with the Medford Eagle's Lodge, running the Friday night fish fry for many years. It was here that she met her third husband, Robert Lewis Blackburn.

Monna enjoyed camping, dancing, gardening and Mexican food, passing on these passions to her children and grandchildren. She had an artistic bend that burst out in her desire to draw, paint, knit and sew, even dragging the girls to weekly ceramic classes during their high school years.

She is survived by her first and third husbands; sons, Steven S. Buttolph and Rohn Buttolph, both of Medford; daughters, Jolene Buttolph, of Eagle Point, Linda Ann Hayes, of Alaska and Sue Ellen 'Suzy' Roesler, of Medford.

Monna was 84 years of age when she passed from this life, a life that was 44 years longer than anyone, including her, had expected. She is a long-term cancer survivor that had been given only six months to live back 1965 when everything that could have been done had been done. She was a fighter to the end; we shall miss her sorely.

Her children wish to thank the wonderful staff of Providence's ICU for the care and attention they gave to their mother. Thank you.

Monna Mae Blackburn