She was born July 14, 1926 in St. Joseph, MO, daughter of Mildred and Sam Church. She graduated from Benton high school class of 1944. She married Clarence Blakley on November 23, 1944 in St. Joseph, MO. Aretta was a homemaker and worked many years at Montgomery Wards in St. Joseph & Florida. She loved family gathering and spending time with her family and friends, she was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, and will be deeply missed by all.
She was preceded in death by husband, parents, a brother, Gary (Janet)Church, two sisters, Helen June (Robert) Cox, and Betty Jo (Floyd) Franke.
Survivors include, daughter, Candice Briggs and husband Aaron of Arkansas, son, Michael Blakley and wife Nancy of New Port Riche, FL, five grandchildren, Angela Grimm, Brandon Caton, Ian Caton, Lorie (Jamie) Patrias, Mickey Blakely, and seven, great grandchildren and one, great great granddaughter, a brother, Sam Church and wife Lillie of Gower, MO, three sisters-in-law, Audrey Kinnon, Carol Jo Dix, and Norma Bernath, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am, on Monday, February 17, 2014 at Rupp Funeral Home, with Elder Sam Church officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home. The Interment will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery . Memorials are requested to the Salvation Army or Grace House.
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