LAURA LEE BLACKHART – Chief of Oakdale
Laura Lee Blackhart, 68, died suddenly on November 4, 2022 in Oakdale.
She was born August 23, 1954, in Fresno and lived there through college where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in education and her teaching degree.
She married her high school sweetheart Bruce in 1976. They moved to Arlington, Virginia to attend Georgetown Medical School and she taught kindergarten at a public school until their baby was born. first child.
In 1982, they began seven years in the US Navy Medical Corps, stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, then Whidbey Island, Washington, before moving to Oakdale in 1989.
It was in Washington that she discovered her true calling, teaching and leading the AWANA cubbies program for preschoolers and she did so for 30 years. She has also been involved with MOPS as a mentor mom for many years.
Laura was a selfless, loving and generous person, strong and steadfast in her faith. She loved music, especially worship songs and hymns and these stayed with her the longest when Alzheimer’s disease took a much longer time. She also enjoyed walking on Cambria Beach, looking for otters and dolphins.
She especially enjoyed spending time with her six grandchildren, reading to them and playing games.
She was predeceased by her parents, Richard and Edna Parker.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Dr. Bruce Blackhart and their three children; Kim (Chris) Dow, Dr. Scott Blackhart, Mark Blackhart, grandchildren Iain, Cait, Charis, Gwyneth, Micah and Olivia, and sister Leanne (Gordon) Funk.
A memorial service will be held on November 26, 2022 at 10 a.m. at The River Christian Community.
Souvenirs can be sent to the Cure Alzheimer Fund.
The Chief of Oakdale (California)
Riverbank News (California)
November 23, 2022