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Adabelle Blackmer

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Adabelle Blackmer, 97, long time resident of Spencer, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2008, in Lynnwood, Wash., after a short illness due to complications from diabetes.

A memorial service was held in Seattle. A cremation occurred and inurnment will take place at the Oakland Cemetery in Peterson in the Blackmer family plot.

Adabelle Suter was born Feb. 12, 1911, to William and Mary (Oakland) Suter in Hudson, S.D. She was raised in Sibley. At the time of her death, she was one of the oldest living graduates of Sibley High School, graduating in 1929. She taught for several years both before and after her marriage in a rural one-room schoolhouses in northwest Iowa. The family lived in Sibley and in Rock Rapids where they raised their son, Byrl. In 1958, they moved to Plankinton, S.D., where she and Burdette owned and operated two motels before retiring to Spencer in 1967.

In May, 2000, Abadelle moved to Mill Pond Retirement Home in Ankeny where she lived for three years before hip surgery forced her to move into the Mill Pond Health Center. In May 2007, she moved to the Seattle, Wash. area.

Adabelle was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Veterans of of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Spencer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Burdette L. Blackmer; and her older sister, Helen M. Kessler.

Adabelle is survived by her son, Byrl Blackmer and wife, Marilyn of Ankeny; three granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; her sister, Frances Suddock of Anchorage, Alaska; and a brother-in-law, Dean Blackmer of Mason City.