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Joan Patricia Blankenship

April 19, 1943April 24, 2021

Joan Patricia (Straight) Blankenship, 78, formerly of Minot, passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2021 in her home located in Centennial, Colorado. The daughter of Raymond and Eva (Bertsch) Straight, Joan was born on April 19,1943, in Minot ND. She grew up in Minot, attended Bishop Ryan High School, and earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Minot State University. Joan worked as a Discharge Planner at Hi- Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, California for several years before moving to Colorado in 1997 to be close to her daughter. Joan loved to listen to music and attend live concerts. Elton John was at the top of her list! She loved to vacation in Mexico and sun herself on the beach. Spending time with her grandson (her buddy!) was the time she cherished the most. Her loving family includes: daughter Shawn Ashton and grandson Justin Ashton, Denver, CO; sister Dianne (Dave) Giessinger and brother Jim (Lisa) Straight, Minot, ND; sister-in-law Judy Straight, St. Paul, MN; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Eva Straight, brother Duane Straight, and sister-in-Law Robbie Straight. In lieu of funeral services, and to honor Joan’s wishes, a private burial has been scheduled. “You're a butterfly…And butterflies are free to fly…Fly away…High away...”

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