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JoElla Blackburn

JoElla Blackburn, 85 years of age, passed on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 in Lakewood, Colorado.

JoElla was born September 18, 1938 in Pikeville Tennessee to the late Henry Carl Blackburn and Dessie Standefer Blackburn. She grew up with her brother Henry Charles Blackburn, who proceeded her in death in 1993.

She attended Tennessee Tech University and was conferred a BS in Music with a Minor in Education in 1960. She went on to play clarinet in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra before moving out west to Colorado to obtain her Masters in Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado in 1978. She taught music at several Jefferson County schools prior to retirement.

JoElla loved astronomy and math  and was an active member of the Platte Canyon Artist Guild where she displayed her talent for watercolors.

She is survived by her nephew David Blackburn, his wife Andrea Radel Blackburn, and her cherished great-nieces Emma Blackburn and Charlee Blackburn. Her niece, Susanne Blackburn Nelms, passed away in 2022 but left a great-niece McKensie Nelms and great-nephew Will Nelms whom she also held dear. She enjoyed spending time with her cousins Cyndee Standefer Reece and Steve Standefer.

She made her friends feel like family and made the holidays special for many. She was a sweet and generous soul. Her kindness and southern manners will be missed.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

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