From Ruth Walsh
Amarillo Globe-News, Sunday, May 22, 1988, p. 17A
PIONEER TEACHER, MARY BLANTON DIES (photo)
A pioneer Amarillo kindergarten teacher, Mary Kimbrough
Blanton, 102, of 2645 S. Hughes, died Saturday.
Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Monday in Polk
Street United Methodist Church with Dr. Ira Williams, pastor, officiating.
Arrangements are by Blackburn-Shaw Memorial Chapel.
Mrs. Blanton served as grand marshal of Amarillo's
Centennial Tri-State Fair Parade in September. The theme of the parade
was "Amarillo, 100 Years Strong". She also was named as one of KVII
TV's "Seven Who Care" for 1987. Mrs. Blanton, born at
Sherman, started the first public library in Canadian and operated one
of Amarillo's original kindergartens. She began teaching kindergarten
in 1923, when she moved to Amarillo from Canadian with her two small
daughters after her husband's death. She operated Blanton Private
Kindergarten for 40 years and then worked as a tutor until she retired
at the age of 93.
"I enjoy working the little people, I really enjoy
it," Mrs. Blanton said in a Globe-News interview in September. "I
told them people have different ideas and different views, and we
all couldn't do the same things. I tried to develop an individuality
in each child."
She was named to the honor roll of Pioneer Amphitheater
Heritage Foundation and was a member of the Adult Literary Program, Retired
Senior volunteers Program, Altrusa Club and Co-workers Sunday school class
at Polk Street United Methodist Church. She was a graduate of Kidd
Key College at Sherman and attended University of Hawaii, Colorado College,
University of British Columbia and Methodist University of Anchorage, Alaska.
Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy White of Clarendon
and Helen Oakes of Amarillo; a brother, Joe Kimbrough of Bell; two grandchildren,
and four great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorials be to the Building Renovation
Fund of Polk Street United Methodist Church or favorite charities.
(Mary Kimbrough Blanton, daughter of George Washington
Kimbrough and Mary Emma McElreath, was the widow of Robert Lee Blanton.
Robert Lee Blanton, son of Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Blanton and Julia
Ann Blanton, died 1-16-1923 in Canadian, Hemphill Co., TX. He was
buried near his parents in the Bethel Cemetery, Grayson Co., TX. Robert's
grandparents were Benjamin Edward Blanton and Mary Ann Feagans of Rutherford
Co., NC and of Fannin Co.,TX pioneers, Stephen Fletcher Blanton and Sarah
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