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Memphis Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN

OBITUARY

Linda Keck Blabey

December 28, 1942June 24, 2020
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On June 24, 2020, Linda Blabey stepped into Glory where she at last met her Savior, Jesus Christ face to face. She is reunited once and for all with family and friends gone before her. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, teacher, and friend to many. Those of us left behind both celebrate her victory and mourn our own loss.

Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Gerard Blabey, and by her parents Jimmie Paul and Rachel Merle Keck. She is survived by a wealth of family members including her siblings Daniel Keck, Sr.(Mary), Janice Miller, Charles Keck(Kathy), and Connie Jones; her nieces and nephews: Rhonda Mallady (Wes), Daniel Keck Jr., Krysten Smith (Don), Kara Keck, Kelly Miller (Deb), and Mia Miller (Gabe). Linda also leaves behind her daughter Anita Marie Blabey and her son Timothy Eric Blabey (Connie) as well as her three grandsons Harrison, William, and Joshua.

Almost from the start Linda had a passion for teaching, and especially for teaching math. She both began and ended her career as a teacher with the Memphis City Schools; teaching first at Grandview Elementary and then later at Fairview Jr. High School. She also spent six years as a 5th grade teacher at Frayser Baptist School. Over her career she taught and influenced the lives of hundreds of young people.

Linda was a graduate of Frayser High School & Memphis State University where she received a Masters of Arts in Teaching. She loved watching her Memphis Tigers play ball…especially basketball.

She cherished her 3 grandsons above all else. She made up songs for each of them and sang to them often. She wrote them letters weekly. She wrote letters to all the children in the family over the years and brought much joy to others through them.

While she never willingly adopted a pet, she became the caretaker of many abandoned cats and dogs. She loved them deeply and cared for them compassionately.

She gave love freely and showed kindness to everyone. She was gentle. She never raised her voice. She was the epitome of love.

  • FAMILY

  • Harry Gerard Blabey, Husband (deceased)
  • Jimmie Paul and Rachel Merle Keck, Parents (deceased)
  • Daniel Keck, Sr. (Mary), Brother
  • Janice Miller, Sister
  • Charles Keck (Kathy), Brother
  • Connie Jones, Sister
  • Anita Marie Blabey, Daughter
  • Timothy Eric Blabey (Connie), Son
  • Harrison, Grandson
  • William, Grandson
  • Joshua, Grandson
  • nieces and nephews: Rhonda Mallady (Wes), Daniel Keck Jr., Krysten Smith (Don), Kara Keck, Kelly Miller (Deb), and Mia Miller (Gabe).

Services

  • Family will receive friends

    Saturday, June 27, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, June 27, 2020

Memories

Linda Keck Blabey

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Michele Bogue

July 5, 2020

I wanted to express my sincerest sympathies to your family. My mom, Marjorie Cooley Plunk (formerly Bogue) and Linda taught together in Memphis, TN for some years. Mom passed away peacefully at home on June 23, 2020. I have a picture frame of scrolling pictures that was put together by my stepdad for mom before she passed away and there is a picture of Linda on it. I know that mom thought very highly of Linda and considered her a wonderful friend. Please accept my sincerest sympathies extended to you all at this time.

Tim Blabey

June 26, 2020

Nin Nin holding Josh at our house, March 30, 2020.

Kimbe Sue

June 26, 2020

Aunt Linda has a heart of gold which is why I always felt so warm and cared for when I was with her. She sang to all of us and I loved hearing her”Kimberly sue-oo, I love you—oo, Kimberly sue” she has a snappy tune for everyone and I do believe she had me thinking she was either 25 or 27 for along long time. I loved how she would brighten my cranky mood just by smiling at me. After moving to California and becoming a mom myself we would talk on the phone some and She wrote me some letters and that empathy and sense of understanding and care come through every time.
She is an angel and brought joy and love with her everywhere. I still have a memory of the magnolia tree in her front yard on sunrise and how it felt to climb and play in it.
I love you aunt Linda and trust you know how completely you are loved and what a blessing you have been to this world. I also hope grandma made you a pot of soup and some cornbread upon arrival.

Krysten Smith

June 25, 2020

Krysten Smith

June 25, 2020

Aunt Linda was an angel on earth. She was a princess and adored by many. She made everyone feel special, was always full of kindness, and never said a cross word about anyone. I have many fond memories of her and will cherish them always. I will love her forever and will miss her greatly.

Marilyn Lunsford

June 25, 2020

Tim,
I loved your mother as we raised you and Todd at Frayser Baptist Church. She was always kind and gentle.. I’m so sorry for your loss., I know she’s happy in heaven with Harry and the Lord.
Bless you. 😢🙏

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