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Hedy Rowe Blanton age 73 years old, of Salyersville, Kentucky departed this life on November 21, 2018 at her home.  Hedy is survived by her husband, King James Blanton, 1 son, Danny Downing and wife Karen who have 1 daughter and 4 sons, also 4 daughters, Opal Gaylene Back and husband, Ron who have 3 sons, Ella Marie Risner who has 1 son and 2 daughters, Jackie Blanton who has 1 daughter and 3 sons, Angela Sue Blanton who has 1 daughter total of 16 grandchildren.  Also surviving is 1 brother Terry Wayne Rowe and wife Callie and 1 sister, Anna Belle Rowe.  Hedy had 2 special nieces Tonja Helton and Lonja Helton who she raised as her daughters after her sister Janice passed away. 16 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.  Hedy is preceded in death by her parents, Larue and Opal Rowe and 1 sister Janice Freeze.  

Hedy was a long time member of the Lakefront Church of God.  James and Hedy became Christians and were baptized by Brother Dean Patrick 35 years ago at the Fritz Church of God.  Church became the most important thing in Hedy's life.  She read her bible and prayed daily.  She was not a spectator but a participator in church and church activities.  Hedy was instrumental in starting the women's auxiliary and prayer warriors at Lakefront Church.  Anyone who went to church with her will remember her calendar of birthdays and anniversaries at the end of every service.  (And also the time when she came to church so distraught because the dog ate her birthday/anniversary book).   Hedy took requests for prayer seriously, she was never slack in asking for prayer for her family, friends and acquaintances.  Another precious memory we have is Hedy entering the church, shaking hands and greeting her brothers and sisters then announcing loudly, "PRAISE THE LORD EVERYBODY".  Hedy had a way of making everyone feel special.  In her testimonies she would say, I love my Jesus, I love my church, and I love my pastor.  And end by saying I love and I thank God for my husband.  

For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.  Hebrews 9:16,17

We deliver and live our testimonies while we are alive and when we pass away it is what we leave for our loved ones to remember us by.  The majority here remembers Hedy's mother, Opal Rowe and she has been gone 20 years and I for one can still see her stand in church and give her testimony and I can still hear it in my ears.  And you know if I live for 20 more years, I will still remember it as well as I will remember Hedy's testimony.   

Hedy's love for the Lord Jesus and church was first in her life, but second in line was her husband, James.  They had a love that only a few couples have.  They were married for 54 years and he was the love of her life.  Hedy and James celebrated their 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries by renewing their wedding vows in ceremonies at the Lakefront Church.  

Mom, Maw, Aunt Head, Mamaw, Sister, friend, confidant.  Hedy was this and many more to so many people.  She had 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren but she was Mamaw Hedy to many many more young boys and girls in and around our community.  Her home was always open to anyone if you needed a place to lay your head. 

Hedy had a love and compassion for her family and friends that most of us can only long for.  She was kind, loving and so much fun to be around.  She was the life of the party.  Hedy loved to dance and have a big time.  She never missed a UK ballgame.  She would jump and cheer them on from her living room and when her best buddies, Myrt and Wilma was still alive, they would keep the phone lines hot especially when UK was playing.

Consider yourself blessed if you ever had the pleasure of stopping by their house, sitting on the front porch and enjoying a cup of coffee.  Hedy will be remembered for her friendly, caring personality.  She didn't make any difference in her family and James' family, they were all her family.  It was common knowledge that she loved to read romance novels and was always looking out for new reading material and work crossword puzzles.  

Hedy took over the job of being editor of the Seitz area News in the Salyersville Independent when her mother could no longer do it.  She never failed to recognize you if it was your birthday, anniversary, an accomplishment, or asking prayer for those who were sick.  Over the years, so many people, around here, in other counties and other states would say, "Oh yeah, I read about that in Hedy's column.  

When I married into the family 30 years ago, Hedy and I had an instant connection, Mine and her birthday was on the same day, 20 years apart, she and I would always race to see who would be the first to call and wish each other happy birthday and not only that, but the name "Hedy" is not a common name, but AJ had an aunt Hedy and I also have an Aunt Hetty.  So I feel we were given a double portion to our blessing, 2 Aunt Head's.   Hedy was as close to me as any blood aunt that I have.  I loved her and I truly, truly will miss her and I know all of you will also.

Written by Gwen Risner



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