Ora Alene Blankenship Mathews, 87, of Athens, was ushered away to Paradise on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Life Care of Athens. She was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, a daughter of the late Samuel Andrew Blankenship and Bertha Lucille Watkins Blankenship, and was preceded in death by her husband, Joffre Allen Mathews; brother, Ralph Blankenship; three sisters, Eva Lou Blankenship, Anna Bea Gunter, and Virginia Witte. She was a former employee of Van Raalte Hosiery Mill, retired from Morgan Mfg. Co. and was a member of New Zion Baptist Church. She was a volunteer Pink Lady with Woods Memorial Hospital Auxillary for 10 years and American Red Cross Volunteer for five years. She loved yard sales and collecting magnets for her refrigerator and loved to watch her “stories” (soap operas). Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were 11 a.m. Wednesday in McMinn Memory Gardens with Dr. Bob Kerr officiating. The family expresses gratitude and appreciation to Life Care of Athens for the care, love, and compassion to all of the staff during her extended stay. Memorial contributions may be made to New Zion Baptist Church, 393 County Rd. 616, Athens, TN 37303; or North Athens Baptist Church, 402 Tellico Ave., Athens, TN 37303. Condolences may be sent at www.laycock-hobbs.com/notices/Ora-Mathews Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

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