Billye Erlene (Morrow) Blakney (1928 - 2015)



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Desdemona, Eastland County, TX United States


at St. Matthew Methodist Church,
Lubbock, Lubbock County, TX United States


at Covenant Hospital,
Lubbock, Lubbock County, TX United States
Cause of death: Seizures

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Mother: Gladys Valera Morrow
Father: Willis Morrow
Siblings: Walter Charles Morrow

Husband: Leonard Dean Blakney
Children with Leonard: Michael Dean Blakney and Sheri Lynn (Blakney) Warren


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1928 - In the year that Billye Erlene (Morrow) Blakney was born, aviatrix Amelia Earhart, age 31, became the first woman to fly solo across North America and back in August. In June, she had been part of a 3 man crew that flew the Atlantic Ocean but since she had no instrument training, she couldn't fly the plane - she kept the flight log. The North American flight became one of her many "firsts" as a female pilot.

1938 - She was just 10 years old when on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

1956 - By the time she was 28 years old, this was the year that the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, became an international sensation. He began the year as a regional favorite and ended the year with 17 recordings having been on the Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart, 11 TV appearances, and a movie. Elvis scandalized adults and thrilled teens.

1958 - She was 30 years old when on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

1959 - She was 31 years old when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

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December 1948 - May 15, 1978 (death)
Levelland, Hockley County, Texas, 79336
United States
Billye Erlene (Morrow) Blakney
Billye Erlene (Morrow) Blakney & Leonard Dean Blakney
December 1948 - May 15, 1978 (death)
Levelland, Hockley County, Texas, 79336
United States

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Billye Erlene (Morrow) Blakney, mother to 2 children, passed away in 2015 at Covenant Hospital, Lubbock, TX at 86 years of age. Her cause of death is listed as: seizures. Billye was born on August 18, 1928 in Desdemona, TX. She was born to Gladys Valera Morrow and Willis Morrow, with sibling Walter. She married Leonard Dean Blakney in December 1948 in Levelland, Texas and Leonard died on May 15, 1978 in Lubbock, Texas. They gave birth to Michael Dean Blakney and Sheri Lynn (Blakney) Warren.


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