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Anastasia  Blackburn

Anastasia Blackburn

Jul 30, 1931 - Jun 17, 2009
Anastasia Blackburn of Riverton died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo. She was 77.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with interment at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery at St. Stephen's.

Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Monday, June 22, at St. Stephen's with a wake to follow at the family residence, #95 Littleshield Road, Arapahoe.

Anastasia Blackman was born on July 30, 1931, at Fort Washakie, the daughter of John Blackman and Annie Frances (Black Bull) Blackman.

Her family said she was an expert horsewoman in her teen years and participated in several horse races.

She met and married John Blackburn in 1958. Due to his occupation, they lived in various parts of the country.

During the early years of their marriage, Mrs. Blackburn worked as a nanny, seamstress, and cook's helper. She was a homemaker and caregiver to children, who opened her home to family members, friends, and children.

Mrs. Blackburn was a member of the Catholic faith and the Native American Church.

Her family said Mrs. Blackburn enjoyed making quilts for family members and grandchildren, loved watching boxing and wrestling, going to pow-wows and the sundance, listening to Native American church music, pow-wow, and rock and roll music of the 50s. She made blankets and her family said she was known for fry bread.

Survivors include sons, Robert Blackburn, Melvin Roy Blackburn, Joseph Thomas Blackburn, Jr., Don Tillman, all of Riverton, and Vincent Cowboy and Spencer Cowboy, both of Ethete; daughters, Nora Antelope of Riverton, Frances Blackburn, Jane Dewey, Angela Brown, all of Arapahoe; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; a sister, Helen Hanway of Ethete; brothers-in-law, Leroy Shakespeare and Burton Hutchinson.

She was preceded in death by sons, Herbert John Blackman, Clyde Blackburn, Peter Blackburn; sisters, Lucy Blackburn, Joyce Blackman, Martina Bull, Mac Norse, Mary Ann Whiteman, and Monica Welch; brothers, Simon Blackman, John George Blackman, and Moses Blackman; brothers-in-law, Thomas Joseph Blackburn, Sr., and Herman Norse.

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.