Betty J. Blackmon

Betty J. Blackmon, passed away on March 16, 2018, at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital from complications of pneumonia. She was 85.

She is survived by daughters Charlotte Blackmon Collins of Ridgecrest and Dorene Mollenhauer of Beaverton, Wash.; grandchildren Michael Warner of LaVern., Jeffrey Mollenhauer of Morgan Hill, Robert Mollenhauer of Beaverton and Allyson Mollenhauer Benson of Portland, Ore.; and great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Miranda and Valerie Warner and Aidan and Audrey Mollenhauer.

Betty was preceded in death in 2005 by her husband of 60 years, Albert R. Blackmon; in 2010 by her son, Charles S. Blackmon; and in 2014 by grandchildren Tiffany Warner and Todd James Blackmon.

Betty was born and grew up in Enterprise, Ala., and married Albert Blackmon after World War II. In 1952 they moved with their young family to Ridgecrest where Al got a job at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake, as an electrical engineer.

Betty was a homemaker and was active in the elementary school PTA. She kept an immaculate home, sewed beautiful dresses for her daughters and loved gardening. Her yard was always an oasis of green grass, roses, daffodils, iris and petunias. She was active in WACOM and managed their thrift store. When the children were in high school, she went to work at Miss J’s, a dress shop on Balsam Street, as she loved fashion and clothing. She was always slim and a very stylish dresser. After a few years, she was offered a job as a teller at the Bank of America where she worked until Al retired. They bought a condo in Greenbrook, her home until her recent passing.

She will be terribly missed.

— Submitted by the loved ones of Betty Blackmon

Story First Published: 2018-03-30