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Greenlawn Funeral Home

6750 Covington Rd., Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

Judith Elaine (Owen) Blakemore

January 4, 1948February 8, 2020
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Judith Elaine Owen Blakemore, 72, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 8, 2020. She was born in Quyon, Quebec, Canada on January 4, 1948. She was the daughter of the late Rev. John and Phyllis (Vincent) Owen. Her childhood was spent in Grand Prairie, Alberta; Watrous, Saskatchewan; Carp, Ontario; and spending many summers visiting the Owen family farm in Weir, Quebec. She earned her doctorate in developmental psychology in 1978 and dedicated over 40 years to teaching in the field. She spent the majority of her career at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where she served for 14 years as chair of the Psychology Department and then as Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She also held several leadership positions in the Midwestern Psychological Association (including a year as President). She published numerous research articles and co-authored a book on child development. Her recreational interests included camping and square dancing.

She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Thomas Blakemore, and her sons, Gregory Blakemore (Jenifer) of Portland, OR and Neil Blakemore (Alexandra) of Los Angeles, CA. She is also survived by her sister, Sheila Owen, of High Level, Alberta, Canada, her brother, Terry (Anne-Marie) Owen of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Bruce Owen.

Funeral service will be on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church (611 W Berry St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802) with visitation from 11:00 am until the time of service. Visitation will also be on Monday, February 17, 2020 at church from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition or the Brain Support Network.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Visitation Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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Judith Elaine (Owen) Blakemore

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Kathleen Murphey

February 17, 2020

Though I was in the School of Education, I knew Elaine through various groups of women faculty. I also knew Elaine through her many leadership roles at IPFW. She was dedicated heart and soul to the University. Her leadership role needs to be celebrated! We remember her with great respect for all she gave to the university, her profession, her colleagues, and her family.

Kathleen Murphey
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Terry Owen

February 16, 2020

Terry Owen

February 16, 2020

Terry Owen

February 16, 2020

Jeanette Clausen

February 14, 2020

I remember Elaine as such a positive presence at IPFW. She always had a smile, was unfailingly efficient in getting work done, sincere in putting students first, a thorough researcher and an excellent administrator, and not least, a lot of fun. One of my favorite memories of her is her first presentation for the group we called E-Lite Ladies. We met several times a year at someone's house, had a delicious potluck dinner, and then one woman would present her research to the group. Elaine's first presentation for us was her study of how toddlers interacted with babies. She had videos to show how some children handed the baby a toy or interacted with the baby in some way, while others mostly played by themselves. I don't remember what conclusions were reached by the study, but I remember how much everyone enjoyed Elaine's presentation. She was a wonderful colleague who had an impact on IPFW in so many ways. She was also amazingly courageous in how she responded to her illness. I admire her and miss her very much.
Jeanette Clausen

Teresa Potts

February 13, 2020

I am so sad and I will miss Elaine so much but I know she will always be with me in my heart. I had the pleasure of being Elaine’s caregiver for over two years. I learned so much from her and she always made me feel like I was part of the family and not just a staff member. Whenever I was going thru anything she always wanted to help me find a solution. Elaine will be greatly missed. ❤️ Also thanks so much to The Blakemore family.
Teresa Potts

Curt & Peggy Braffet

February 13, 2020

Tom,
So sorry to hear about Judith. Always enjoyed seeing that serious face turn to the glow of victory while she square danced. We will miss her!!

Charlotte Yencer

February 13, 2020

My deepest sympathies Tom. Elaine will be remembered by everyone that knew her. I pray that God will wrap his living arms around you and give you strength and peace during the days ahead. You will always have your memories and they will be forever tucked safely in your heart.

Susan Rimmer

February 13, 2020

My sincere sympathies on your loss of a much loved wife, mother and sister. I knew Elaine when she lived in Carp and I was a childhood friend of her younger sister, Sheila. Elaine and Sheila shared a room and she had so much patience and kindness towards all these preteen girls as we played with Barbies, giggled and bopped around. We were in awe of Elaine as she seem so sophisticated and "knew everything " to us.
I remember how proud Rev and Mrs Owen were of Elaine's academic success. It was a pleasure to reconnect with Elaine on Facebook and to share some of her mother's notes to my mother from their close friendship. May your memories give you comfort. Many of us from Carp will be thinking of you at this time. Susie Baird Rimmer

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