March 3, 1940 – December 29, 2019
FRANCES JUDEAN BLANKENSHIP PAUL, of Little Rock, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2019, following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Judean was born in Little Rock on March 3, 1940, to Catherine and Hubert Ray Blankenship. She got her unique name from her half-brother, Earl, who entered a contest merging celebrity names. His entry was Judy Garland and Dizzy Dean: Judean. She graduated from Mount St. Mary Academy in 1958. On February 4, 1961, she married the love of her life, Lawrence E. Paul. Together they raised two sons, Bradley Stephen and Clayton Brian, who were the light of her life. She made sure they had every opportunity to excel whether it was academics or extracurricular activities.
Judean had many talents. She was an excellent seamstress and a wonderful cook and artist. She worked as an x-ray technician before earning a certification in ultrasound. She trained at St. Vincent’s Infirmary and worked at Doctors Hospital. She later took an interior decorating course from Tom Chandler and earned her license. She loved getting to know her clients and decorating their homes. She also worked at Joyce Holt’s Window Works and Ethan Allen. Her hobbies included photography, writing, playing bridge and watching Wheel of Fortune every evening. Her all-time favorite hobby was dancing with Larry any chance they got – stealing the show on any dance floor.
When her first grandson, Austin, was born, Judean was given the title of “Grand.” It was a most-fitting name for her personality. She adored her grandchildren and made wonderful memories with them: baking cookies and braided bread wreaths at Christmas, dyeing Easter eggs and playing card games just to name a few.
Judean never met a stranger. Her positive, upbeat personality and loving spirit, even while battling Alzheimer’s, was a blessing to everyone.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Margaret Blankenship Miller; Larry’s parents, Edna and Lawrence C. Paul; and daughter-in-law, Marcy Thompson Paul. She will be greatly missed by Larry, sons, Brad and Clay; daughter-in-law, Anita; grandchildren, Austin, Brennan, Evan and Camron Paul; sister-in-law, Marilyn Paul and numerous extended family and friends.
Heartfelt thanks to Tamara Walters and Lillian Ratliff and the wonderful staff at Stonehaven Assisted Living who loved and cared for Judean, especially Reyna, Susan, Lisa, Kristen and Jamie.
A lifelong Catholic, Judean was a member of the Cathedral of St. Andrew. There will be a visitation on Thursday, January 2 at Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth Funeral Home from 6:00-7:30 p.m. with a rosary following. The funeral will be on Friday, January 3 starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Andrew with Msgr. Lawrence A. Frederick presiding. The burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mount St. Mary Academy at 3224 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock, AR 72205 and Catholic High School for Boys at 6300 Father Tribou St, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205.
- Visitation Thursday, January 2, 2020
- Rosary Thursday, January 2, 2020
- Funeral Mass Friday, January 3, 2020
- Burial Friday, January 3, 2020
January 6, 2020
Just to let the family know something they likely never knew. This email was sent to my children & grandchildren. My wife "Judene" did meet your Judean once by accident in the old Kroger at the corner of Asher & University.
Thanks to granny’s sister Joyce’s tip of the obituary for Frances Judean Blankenship Paul, we now know exactly how granny got her second middle name, Judene/Judean. Most of you know Judene was named after her two grandmothers’. Judene’s first name “Florence” was after maternal grandmother Florence Tull Beard. Judene’s second name was after her paternal grandmother Elizabeth Croy Duncan. Judene’s third name as listed on Judene’s birth certificate is “Judean” although all her life she has spelled it incorrectly as “Judene”.
In and around 1940 and living in Little Rock’s east end Judene’s father Richard owned & operated a small barber shop. The Blankenship family were neighbors. When granny was born January 30, 1941 her mother Gladys liked the name of her neighbor Catherine Blankenship’s infant daughter so much that Gladys wrote in the name “Judean” above and to the end of the name line on Judean’s birth certificate.
Florence Elizabeth Duncan
I’ve attached the obituary for Frances Judean Blankenship which includes an explanation as to how the unique name Judean and a brief bio of the two celebrities whose names were used to derive the name Judean.
I've added a photo of my wife Judene, born in Hensley, AR
January 5, 2020
I had the good fortune to work with Judean at Doctors Hospital. She was smart, a talented sonographer, and a pleasure to work with. Everyone will miss her indomitable spirit and warm personality. My thoughts and prayers are with Judean and her family.
January 4, 2020
Larry, Brad and Clay,
I worked with JUDEAN at Doctor's hospital for many years. And later when she started her decorating business! She was truly a professional, fun and spirited woman! Everyone loved to be around her. But then I don't need to tell you that- you already know.
She will be missed here on this earth, but heaven gained a great woman.
Grieve well for she was so loved.
JoAnne & John Wilson
January 2, 2020
My thoughts are with her beloved family. I could make a long list of the influence she had on my life- her character, her devotion to those she loved , her fabulous decorating talents are all over my home. She was a great friend and I will greatly miss her. Phala
January 2, 2020
Larry and boys so sorry to hear about Judean. Have lots of fun memories with her. Am so sorry but I am unable to come to visitation or the service, but you are in my thoughts and prayers.
December 30, 2019
Spent many a holiday eating and enjoying the company of family. Judean was always full of fun, a great cook, would try anything, funny, outgoing, loving. Family was important. Judean was a wonderful decorator, could turn nothing into something beautiful. She taught me so many things, loved her dearly, she will be missed by many who came in contact with her bubbly personality. Prayers for family.