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Mary Eliza "Mother B" Killion Blackburn
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Birth: May 11, 1875
Sweet Springs
Saline County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jan. 12, 1971
Winslow
Navajo County
Arizona, USA

Mary Eliza Killion's parents Noah Festus Killion and Catherine Rebecca Weevil Killion had settled in Sweet Springs in the fall of 1870 after migrating from North Carolina. She became a school teacher in a one room school where she taught all grades for six years. While in Malta Bend she was the choir director and also director of the small church orchestra. She married Frank Chaney Blackburn in 1899. She worked as Post Mistress in Malta Bend, MO.from 3/29/1922 to 5/26/1934 when Mrs. Edna Spencer was appointed.

She also worked as a house mother at Baker College in Baldwin, Kansas. She traveled by car (alone, unusual for a woman in those days) extensively until a severe car accident at the age of 86. She recovered very well from a broken hip in that accident and lived alone until a couple of years before her death. She was well known for her extensive button collection of over 12,000 buttons.

Mother B. as she was often known moved to Winslow, AZ when the fraternity she worked for shut down due to the boys going to war in 1941. She worked at the coffee stand at the Santa Fe Depot in Winslow during this time. She made sandwiches and coffee for the servicemen in the troop trains that came through regularly in Winslow, AZ. 
 
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 Parents:
  Noah Festus Killion (1830 - 1896)
  Catherine Rebecca Weevil Killion (1834 - 1908)
 
 Spouse:
  Frank Chaney Blackburn (1877 - 1928)*
 
 Children:
  Gladys Blackburn McNelly (1902 - 1984)*
  Harris Franklin Blackburn (1904 - 1946)*
  William Earl Blackburn (1908 - 1984)*
 
 Siblings:
  Elizabeth Killion (____ - 1857)*
  Louise Elnora Killion Smith (1854 - 1933)*
  John Lafayette Killion (1858 - 1940)*
  Phoebe Jane Killion Smith (1860 - 1926)*
  Andrew Harrison Killion (1863 - 1945)*
  Noah Webster Killion (1870 - 1871)*
  William Emory Killion (1872 - 1911)**
  Mary Eliza Killion Blackburn (1875 - 1971)
  Rosalie Killion Lynch (1879 - 1962)*
  Henry Clay Killion (1880 - 1952)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Malta Bend Cemetery
Malta Bend
Saline County
Missouri, USA
 
Created by: Bob Blackburn
Record added: Jul 30, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55651690
Mary Eliza Mother B <i>Killion</i> Blackburn
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Mary Eliza Mother B <i>Killion</i> Blackburn
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Mary Eliza Mother B <i>Killion</i> Blackburn
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- Elyse Hardin
 Added: May. 28, 2015
 
 
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