The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

September 23, 2013

Margaret Alma Blair

JOHNSTOWN — BLAIR – Margaret Alma “Betty,” Westmont, died Sept. 22, 2013, at Windber Hospice. Born July 11, 1918, in Cresson, daughter of the late Gilbert and Viola (Strittmatter) Soisson. Preceded in death by husband, C. James “Bill” Blair; and sister, Mildred Lenhart. Survived by daughter, Cathleen, and son-in-law, Francis Vine, London, England; sisters, Ruth Plisinsky, The Villages, Fla.; Edna Martin, Johnstown; and Doris Murray, Henderson, Nev.; brother, Robert, and sister-in-law, Tinny, Cresson; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, wonderful friends and neighbors. Betty retired as a teachers aide at Woodvale IU8,  worked as a volunteer at Birthright and was a member of Our Mothers Of Sorrows Catholic Church. She had a drive for keeping busy and was a gifted craftsperson, excelling at everything she touched, particularly, quilting and ceramics. She also was an avid bridge player. She loved physical activity and reluctantly gave up tennis when she was in her 80s. She bowled regularly prior to her death, and had only stopped playing golf at Berkley golf club at the age of 94. There will be no viewing at Betty’s request. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, the Rev. Mark S. Begly, VF. Burial at Holy Name Cemetery will be private. The family would like to thank staff and volunteers at Windber Hospice for their care and kindness. Memorial donations may be made to Windber Hospice, 600 Somerset Ave., Windber, Pa. 15963. Arrangements by John Henderson Co. Funeral Home.

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