Ruth Ann Blankenship Wright died peacefully on July 27, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Mrs. Blankenship was born February 6, 1934 in Laborcita Canyon near La Luz, New Mexico.
In the early 1930s her family moved to California, where she met and married Jessie Oscar Wright, Jr., her husband of 61 years. The couple settled in Escondido, where Mrs. Blankenship pursued her dream of becoming a teacher. In 1969 she graduated from San Diego State University and began a long career of teaching elementary and middle school children. She continued teaching in the Escondido School District until she retired in 1993.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Blankenship wished to be known as a woman who lived and shared her love of the Lord. She was an active member of Bethel Baptist Church in Escondido and Valley Baptist Church in Valley Center, where she organized the choir, served meals, and taught generations of kids in Sunday School. She was always giving, always serving, and always helping those in need. Her greatest wish was to leave a lasting legacy of her faith in her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Blankenship is survived by her husband, J.O., daughter, Teresa (Russell), son, Jay (Eda), son, David (Cheri), 9 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and sisters, Kathy and Mary (Ed). A celebration of her life will be held at Valley Baptist Church at 30053 Miller Rd, Valley Center, on Friday August 14 at 10 a.m.