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Ahtrell Rhea Blackburn Dalton peacefully left this earth on Sept. 22, 2017, at her home in Country Home Estates in Commerce, Texas, where she was a resident beginning in 2013.
The youngest child of Koger Baxter and Zera Moore Blackburn, Ahtrell was born in Wolfe City, Texas, on Feb. 6, 1926. Upon seeing his new daughter for the first time, her father pronounced her a tincy thing; thus, Ahtrell became "Tincy" to her family throughout her life. After graduation from Wolfe City High School, Ahtrell attended Draughon's Business College in Dallas where she met her husband, William Ray "Dub" Dalton Jr. Married on Sept. 28, 1945, Dub and Ahtrell made their home in Garland, Texas, for the next 40 years before retiring to Fairlie, Texas, and building a home on her father's farm in 1985.
Following a long career as the office manager for Sabin-Robbins Paper Company in Dallas, Texas, Ahtrell achieved a long held desire to work as a caregiver when she became a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 1969. She worked for the Garland hospital until relocating to Fairlie where she continued her nursing career at Hunt County Regional Hospital. While living in Fairlie, Ahtrell enjoyed gardening and participating in the Fairlie Ladies Club.
Ahtrell had a number of hobbies, including reading, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, counted cross stitch needlework and embroidery. Most of all she and Dub loved to travel throughout the United States including a trip to the 1964 World's Fair in New York City and overseas to Cuba before the revolution. Active throughout her adult life in the Order of Eastern Star, including several terms as Worthy Matron, Ahtrell and Dub were Rainbow Girls sponsors for a decade or more. After retirement, Ahtrell served on the board of the Methodist Children's Home in Waco, Texas.
Ahtrell is survived by two sisters, Euple Blackburn Walker of Commerce, Texas, and Margaret Blackburn Floyd of Dayton, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Ina Blackburn of Forest Park, Ga.; and 12 nieces and nephews, Carole Walker of Commerce, James L. Walker of Pflugerville, Texas, Jean Floyd Crawford of Dayton, Ohio, Margaret Walker White of Dallas, Michael R. Blackburn of Atlanta, Ga., Emily Blackburn Gilstrap of Easley, S.C., Daniel Robert Walker of Tyler, Texas, Mary Walker Stokic of North Richland Hills, Texas, Daniel L. Blackburn Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., Susan Dalton Curry of Dallas, Raymond Dalton of Dallas, and Stanley Dalton of Dallas. In addition to her family, Ahtrell is survived by many friends who enjoyed her quick wit, ready smile, and zest for life.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Lester Blackburn Sr. of Forest Park, Ga., her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Doris Dalton Smith; and her nephew, Thomas R. Walker of Allen, Texas.
At the time of her death, Ahtrell was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, United Methodist Women, the Charles Croxall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Commerce Chapter 208 of the Order of Eastern Star.
A funeral service was celebrated under the direction of the Rev. Dr. Gregory S. Neal at 10 a.m.. on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce. Interment followed at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Wolfe City, Texas. The family received guests in the Family Ministry Center beginning at 9 a.m., Monday, prior to the service.
Pallbearers were Ahtrell's nephews James L. Walker, Daniel R. Walker, James R. White, Michael Stokic, James Brandon Walker, and Benjamin T. Walker.
In lieu of flowers the family requested memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home of Commerce was in charge of arrangements.
Published on September 25, 2017
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