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PRESQUE ISLE, ME & JACKSONVILLE, FL - Mary Catherine Blackstone 84, known to family and friends as "Cathy" slipped into the Lord's presence in the early hours of July 8, 2014 at a Jacksonville, FL healthcare facility.

She was born on Jan. 10, 1930 in San Antonio, TX the daughter of Ray and Mary Jo West. At the age of 8 years old, she responded to the Lord's call as a missionary to Mangolia. Because of the war in China, when Bernard Blackstone of Perham proposed, he asked her to seek the Lord's direction for missions in Japan, and if so, would she consider going as his wife. She married Bernard on June 10, 1952. They went to Japan as newlyweds, serving as missionaries to Japan 1952-1976. After Bernard's passing on Nov. 18, 1976, Cathy resided in Presque Isle and taught in the Presque Isle High School Adult Education Program. She was part of the Presque Isle Full Gospel Assembly Church for many years. She was an avid horseman as a child, enjoyed gardening, sewing and cooking for family and friends, family devotions, and was always a missionary at heart.

She is survived by two daughters; Sarah Blackstone of Tokyo, Japan, Mary Wright of

Raleigh/Durham area NC., two sons; John Blackstone and his wife Carol of Perham,

Philip Blackstone and his wife Gwen of Jacksonville, FL., 11 grandchildren, 5 great

grandchildren, a sister Frances Page and her husband Leslie of Nashville, TN numerous brothers and sisters in law, and many nieces and nephews. Cathy was predeceased by

her parents, her husband Bernard, a brother Bryan, and three precious grandchildren.

Relatives and friends may call 6-8PM Monday July 14, 2014 at Duncan-Graves Funeral Home 30 Church St. Presque Isle. Funeral services will be held 1PM Tuesday at Washburn Pentecostal Church with Rev. Bruce Blakney officiating, and area pastors contributing. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Perham. Donations may be made in her memory to Assemblies of God World Missions Memorial Fund, Acct. 8911661 (46) 1445 North Boonville Ave. Springfield, MO. 65802. Online condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com
Published on  July 12, 2014
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