Dorothy Ruth Blakely, 92, died at the Payson home of her daughter after a lifetime of service to her family and fellowman. She was born March 14, 1912, in Sandia, Texas, to James David and Ada (Sparks) Kring.
As a young child, she sang at Victory Bond rallies when America entered World War I, beginning a legacy of devoted patriotism and unselfish service to all.
She moved to Payson 20 years ago and was active in the Singing Seniors for a decade.
Her canning, jellies, and beautiful hand-pieced quilts were regular winners at the annual Pine Fair.
She married A. Monroe Blakely in 1932. They settled in Gilbert where Monty operated the first of a statewide chain of Blakely Service Stations. He died in 1973.
Mrs. Blakely served as president of the Central Arizona High School Council P.T.A.; Maricopa Child Guidance Clinic; board of directors of the Arizona Self-Aid Workshop and president of its Auxiliary; finance chairman of American Field Service Foreign Student Exchange program; chairman of Anytown, Arizona; president of Oasis Women's Club; and received national recognition for service on the Women's Division of Safety and the Maricopa Safety Council.
She is survived by four children, Ada Lou (Billy) Cox, Douglas M. (Jeannie), Donna Ruth (Everett) Griffin and Carolyn (Clifford) Fuller; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
Her youngest son, Richard (Marlene), preceded her in death in 1999.