Dorothy Rebecca Blankenbaker

June 2, 1930March 22, 2012

Dorothy Rebecca Pierson Blankenbaker, 81, passed away at her home in Culpeper, Virginia, on Thursday, March 22, 2012. She was surrounded by her family and her caregiver, Brenda Sanchez.

Dot was born on June 2, 1930, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Christine Wright Pierson and Fred Pierson. She grew up in Orange, Virginia, attending Orange County schools.

Dot was an active member of the Culpeper United Methodist Church having joined the church in 1961. She was a member of the Alma Bragg Circle and kitchen committee for many years. She was known for her catering of weddings and community groups. Dot volunteered her time as a Pink Lady at the Culpeper Regional Hospital with over 10,000 hours, Culpeper Volunteer Fire Department serving banquets, Elkwood Homemakers Club and the 4-H Extension office. Dot loved to sew clothes for herself, her daughter and friends; reupholster furniture, cook, play cards with friends and never let grass grow under her feet. Dorothy was preceded in death by her sister, Melissa Butler, formerly of Louisa. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, William Russell Blankenbaker; a son, William Russell "Rusty" Blankenbaker Jr.; a daughter, Kimberly Graham; and two grandsons, Trey and Jonathan Graham. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2012, in the sanctuary of Culpeper United Methodist Church, 1233 Oaklawn Drive, Culpeper, Virginia. Interment immediately following at Culpeper National Cemetery, new section on East Chandler Street. The family will receive friends for food and fellowship in the church fellowship hall after the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dot's memory to the Hospice of the Rapidan, P.O. Box 1715, Culpeper, VA 22701 or Culpeper United Methodist Church, Music Department.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, March 29, 2012
  • Interment Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dorothy Rebecca Blankenbaker

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Leroy Hackley

April 1, 2012

Kim and Rusty,
Sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Know thay you are in my thoughts.

Isaiah 25:8,9

April 1, 2012

My condolences. May it be of comfort to know the time will come when death is to be swallowed up "forever"

March 28, 2012

Kim and Family,
Hoping that your memories will help to ease your sadness. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Judy Sofranko

March 28, 2012

Kim and Rusty and Mr Blankenbaker
I am sorry to hear of the loss I am going to miss her and all of you. My prayers are with all of you.

Karen Kenyon

March 27, 2012

Kim and Rusty,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom was a wonderful lady who always had a smile on her face. She will truly be missed ! My prayers are with you and your family during this time. Karen Kenyon

Robin & Chris Smith

March 26, 2012

Our hearts ache for you and your family Rusty.

Angela Foroughi

March 26, 2012

Dear Kim,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

Carrie Kile

March 26, 2012

Dear Kim and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time of loss.

Donna Rice

March 26, 2012

Dear Kim,

I am so sorry about the loss of your mom. Just know your VDOT family is here for you.

Catherine Esche

March 26, 2012

Kim, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. I am so sorry for your loss. Cathy Esche