D. Mardell Blaine, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at her home in Maquoketa.
A celebration of Mardell's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 3, 2018 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.
Donna Mardell Everman was born on April 29, 1930 in Corydon, Iowa, to John Franklin and Donna Mae (Hilliard) Everman. She was a 1949 graduate of Allerton, Iowa High School. On November 25, 1949 she married John E. "Ted" Blaine in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 21, 2016.
Mardell was dedicated to her family, and was a loving wife and mother. Ted and Mardell enjoyed fishing early in their marriage and they shared the love of gardening, playing cards, checkers, and traveling. She was known as a wonderful cook, baker and dessert maker. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, where she was a greeter, committee member, and volunteered for church events. She especially cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Those left to honor Mardell's memory include her children, John Blaine of Missoula, MT, Brenda (Scott) Banker of Clinton, IA, and Jill Blaine; 2 grandchildren Jennifer (Tyler) Doran and Alex Banker; 2 great-grandchildren Blake and Olivia Doran; a sister, Helen Wyatt of Corydon, IA; and 2 special nieces, Jerry Castor and Joan Langloss, along with many other nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John E. "Ted" Blaine, brothers Gerald and Jack, and sisters Fern and Wanda.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a D. Mardell Blaine memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
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I'm so sorry for your loss. It's a great sacrifice to put ones life on hold and care for a parents.
Rev. 21:3,4 gives all of us such a wonderful hope.
Our sincere sympathy to the Blaine family.
To the Blaine Family.....Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom..Mardell....I am sure she is happy to be with John now.....We as a family in the earlier years had some fun times together in scouting and getting together to play cards...Remember the good times...Love to all your Families.....Algean Park and Families.....
Sending my deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother. Markell always had a warm smile & hearty laugh. You & your family will be in my thoughts & prayers.
Donelle (Streets) Kilburg
I am so sorry for your loss. Mardell was always a bright spot in my day when she came in for a haircut as she always had a story and we always had a good laugh. Jill, you did a very good job with taking care of your parents. You put your whole life on hold to keep your parents in their own home where they wanted to be. May you find peace in knowing you did all that you could do and go on and find find your way. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. LaVonne Williams
Jill, Brenda & John,
I am so sorry to hear of mom's passing. She was a wonderful lady and I have such fond memories of her from when she worked for my folks. Some of the stories she used to tell and how she watched out for us kids when we were little. She was like another mom to us kids. She will be missed greatly. Jill you did a really great job taking care of both your mom and dad when they needed you most. Wanted to let you know that you are a special person and never forget that!
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