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Opal Waneta Blackman, 86 years, passed away on Feb. 3, 2013 at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Mo.
Waneta was born Jan. 23, 1927 in Hastings, Iowa, to Lane and Ina (Grammer) Morse.
On July 14, 1945 Waneta and Elmer Haney were united in marriage. With this union one daughter, Linda was born. After Elmer’s death, she married Harold “Blackie” Blackman on May 13, 1972.
Waneta was a resident of the Ava community for 37 years moving from Malvern, Iowa. She was the Plainview School cook for many years. She also cooked and cared for the elderly in the Ava area.
Waneta was a member of the Happy Home Church in Ava, Mo. She loved cooking and spending time with all of her family and friends.
Waneta was preceded in death by her parents, Lane and Ina (Grammer) Morse; her husband, Elmer Haney, and also husband, Harold “Blackie”Blackman; two sisters, Leatta Fleming and Bessie Cox; one brother, Raymond Morse; one step-daughter, Edith Schnoor; and a long time friend, Leota Erdahl.
Waneta is survived by her sister, Ina Winters; her daughter and fiance, Linda Myers and Jerry Hall; two granddaughters and spouses, Christina and Bill McSwain and Amanda and Mike Lumley; two great-grandchildren, Brittney and Kelsey Lumley; two stepdaughters, Grace Blackman and Bev Hall; four step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
A visitation for Waneta was held Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, Mo. A visitation will also be held Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Loess Hills Funeral Home, Malvern, Iowa. Cremation will be conducted by the Loess Hills Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made at www.clinkingbeardfuneral home.com.