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  Name Eileen O. Blackorby
Date Of Birth 7/16/1932 
Date Of Death 3/31/2010 
Funeral Home Walker-Merrick 
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Eileen O. Sitz Blackorby was born July 16, 1932 in Rolla, North Dakota, to Martin and Ella Ann (Thomas) Sitz. She married Delmar Blackorby in 1947 and after several years they sold the farm and moved to Seattle, Washington. After Delmar’s failing health Eileen worked as a nurse’s aide in several nursing homes. When Delmar’s health was better, they moved to Corning, California. After Delmar’s passing, Eileen played bingo at the Grainge where she met James Harper. Together they moved to New Market where Jim currently resides; they have been together for fifteen years. Eileen passed away Wednesday evening, March 31, 2010, at Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda, Iowa.

Eileen is preceded in death by her parents; husband Delmar Blackorby; sister Betty Lou Sitz; brother Orvil Sitz and daughter Bonnie Drewry.
She is survived by two daughters: Ann Marie Fordyce of Oregon and Blenda Kaye Hendersen of Washington; grandchildren Larry Drewry, Melissa Drewry, Kevin Drewry and Chris Martin all of Corning, California, Delmer Fordyce of Germany, Ryan Fordyce or Oregon and Travis Henderson of Oregon; 5 great grandchildren; significant other Jim Harper of New Market; sisters Darlene Berg of New Market and Frances Orozco of Minneapolis; brother Martin Dean Sitz of Minneapolis; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.