Olivia Blackburn, 91, mother of Preston woman


Olivia Blackburn

Olivia H. "Nanny" Blackburn, 91, of Rochester, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Rochester to Dr. and Mrs. Samuel F. Haines.

She was a graduate of Rochester High School and went on to obtain a degree from Stephens College in Missouri.

Her love of books led her to work at The Bookstore of Lucy Wilder and to volunteer at the Rochester Public Library. From there, she joined the Mayo Clinic (Rochester) Business Office, where she worked until her retirement in 1991.

She loved and supported the arts, was an accomplished knitter and calligrapher and enjoyed word games and jigsaw puzzles, especially those handcrafted by Nano. She loved nature in its entirety and was an avid birdwatcher. She also looked forward every year to spending time at her beloved summer home in Annisquam, Mass.

She was generous, kind and gentle, had a wry sense of humor and an endless amount of love for her family.

She is survived by her children, Bill (Katy McEvoy) Blackburn of Rochester, Emy (Charlie) Kelley and her husband of Orono, Minn., Sam (Deb) Blackburn of Preston and Sarah (Pat Rogers) Blackburn of Billings, Mont.; her grandchildren, Charlie (Sarah) Blackburn, Henry Blackburn, Chris (Courtney) Kelley, Sam Kelley, Carrie (Jesse) Gleason, Matthew Rogers, Amanda (Ben Johnson-Tesch) Benarroch and Simon Benarroch; her great-grandchildren, Ben and Norah Blackburn and Grayson, Brynn and Spencer Kelley and family-by-affection, the Keatings.

She was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Private committal of her ashes will be in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Raptor Center, 1920 Fitch Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108.

To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com

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