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Betty N. Blackden
CORINNA – Betty Blackden, 65, passed away March 16, 2012 after a long and lingering illness. She is now at peace with her Lord. She was born December 18, 1946 in Rensselaer, Indiana, a daughter of Thomas and Bertha (Pettet) Swart. She graduated from high school and married a boy from Maine, her husband Owen, on August 1, 1963. They moved to Maine in 2001, and she adopted the state as her home. Betty and Owen never regretted taking early retirement so that they might spend the time they had together fishing and enjoying life. She loved flowers and excelled at landscape painting. She had a great love for people, especially children. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Newport.

Betty was the mother of 3 children, Brian Blackden, Nancy Blackden Staples, and Susan Blackden Staples. (sic.) She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Randy, Melinda, Chad, Shawn, Matthew, Nichole, and Natalie; many great grandchildren; and 3 nieces, Lorraine, Brenda and Tammy. She was predeceased by her brothers, Roger and Ernest.

Memorial services will be held at noon Saturday, March 24th, at the Calvary Baptist Church, 39 Grove Street, Newport, with the Rev. George Perkins officiating. Friends may call at the church from 11 A.M. until time of services. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport.

A second memorial service will be held 11 AM Friday, March 30th, at the Christian Reformed Church of Crown Point, 909 East Greenwood Avenue, Crown Point, Indiana. Friends may call at the church from 10 A.M. until the time of services. A luncheon will follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.

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