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Mrs. Emma Salisbury Blankenship, age, 75, of Russell, Kentucky, passed away Sunday morning, June 11, 2017, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky.

She was born August 4, 1941, in Charleston, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Ernest and Beulah Mae Woods Salisbury.

Emma was a member of the God of Prophecy in Raceland, Kentucky. She retired from the Russell Board of Education as a school bus driver for 29 years and had been a telephone operator for three years. Everyone knew her as Ms. Emma and was someone who had never met a stranger. She enjoyed working on puzzles, watching UK basketball, and especially talking to others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Cletus Oliver Blankenship and one brother, Phil Salisbury.

Emma is survived by two sons, Keith Blankenship (Nikki) of Flatwoods, Kentucky, and Kevin Blankenship (Melanie) of Richmond, Kentucky, and five grandchildren, Austin Chandler Blankenship, Oran Smith, Jenny Voeltz Albarez, Todd Voeltz, and Brennan Gilliam. She also has many other family members and friends who will sadly miss her.

Graveside services will be held at 12 noon Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Robinette Cemetery in Catlettsburg, Kentucky with her son Kevin Blankenship officiating. All arrangements are being cared for by Globe Funeral Chapel in Olive Hill, Kentucky.

Friends may meet the family at the Russell High School entrance at 10:45 a.m. Friday, June 16, 2017 where Kevin Blankenship will lead the procession to the Robinette Cemetery in Catlettsburg, Kentucky.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.globefc.com.
Published on June 13, 2017
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