August 12, 1925 – October 28, 2013
Clentine “Tena” Blaise, 88, of Vienna, Ill., formerly of Sikeston, died October 28, 2013, at the Hillview Health Center in Vienna. Born August 12, 1925, in Cullman County, Ala., to the late Walter and Ora Earley Black, she was a service worker for others for many years, and a member of the Sikeston Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was married to Clarence Blaise, who preceded her in death. Tena loved to garden, sew, and spend time with her family and friends. She will be remembered for her laughter; for everything had humor in it. She was grateful to her God for everything He provided for her. She always recognized the beauty He had given mankind, and wouldn’t blame Him for any pain in the world. She was a wonderful mom who tried very hard to take care of her family. She will be greatly missed. Survivors include: three sons and two daughters-in-law, Roy and Judy Neal of Anderson, S.C., Larry Neal of Sikeston, and Tommy and Tammy Neal of Cairo, Ill.; one daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Sam Eaves of Vienna, Ill.; 17 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons, one daughter, three brothers and three sisters. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel, with an elder of the Sikeston Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, officiating. Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston. Online condolences may be shared at: www.nunneleefuneralchapel.com.