Nancy Dilks Blakely

September 21, 2015

Nancy Dilks Blakely 93, of Frankfort, IN, passed away September 21, 2015 at Wesley Manor. Nancy was born April 16, 1922 in Richmond, IN to Harrie and Martha (Bull) Dilks. She married Ray C. Blakely of Bloomington, IN on April 18, 1946 and he preceded her in death in 2014.
Nancy grew up in Richmond, IN, was a Westtown School, West Chester, PA high school graduate; attended Earlham College and Indiana University graduating in 1944.
Nancy and Ray moved from Bloomington to Frankfort, IN in 1957, where Ray became Manager of Adler’s women’s and children’s clothing store. Later, Ray and Nancy purchased the business from Leon Adler and changed the name to Blakely’s, which they co-owned until selling and retiring in 1985.
Memberships include: Indiana University Alumni Association, Delta, Delta, Delta women’s fraternity, First Christian Church Frankfort, Frankfort Country and Golf Club, Tri Kappa (Bloomington and Frankfort), Zonta Club of Frankfort, Clinton County Hospital Pink Ladies, After Math Literary Club, Riley School PTA, Girl Scouts, Sunday School Teacher and several bridge clubs, Ambassador Air Travel Club, Clinton County Meals on Wheels. Nancy and Ray enjoyed community involvement, world travel, playing golf and their grandchildren.

Visitation and Services

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Goodwin Funeral Home, followed by a private burial at Green Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to the Guardian Angel Hospice Foundation, 2500 George Street, Logansport, IN 46947 or the Wesley Manor Good Samaritan Fund.

Survived by:

2 daughters, Martha Blakely of Denver, CO, Tacy Blakely of Indianapolis, sister, Delight (Dilks) Sperling of Silver Spring, MD, 2 grandsons, John Blakely “Blake” Swinehart of Chicago, Cole Swinehart of Steamboat Springs, CO and 1 granddaughter, Sari Swinehart of Indianapolis.


Leave your Condolences

13 Condolences for “Nancy Dilks Blakely”

  1. Judi October 1, 2015 at 12:03 am

    I graduated in 1962 and Adlers gave me my first credit account. Their clothes were beautiful. They were so very nice. I loved their store. RIP

  2. Michael Frey October 1, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I always loved seeing Nancy when visiting my father I will miss seeing her and talking with her on my visits. God Bless you all.

  3. Chris Warren Osting October 1, 2015 at 11:13 am

    So sorry to hear about your mother. Remember her as being so kind! Thinking of you.

  4. Julie McQuade October 1, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I am so glad I had the opportunity to chat with you on one of your many visits to Frankfort. I’m so glad that we talked about your mother. She was so fortunate to have those visits with you, and you with her. I pray that your many beautiful memories will help you through the days to follow.
    She was a beautiful lady. ??????

  5. Eric L. Mundell October 1, 2015 at 11:56 am

    One of the sweetest and gentlest ladies in Frankfort! I will always remember Nancy and Ray with great fondness. What a marvelous couple they were, and what caring and engaging people they were. Interested and involved in every facet of community life and service. How much poorer Frankfort would have been without them! Sending caring thoughts of comfort to Martha and Tacy who emulate that spirit so well. We definitely share in your loss. Take care.

  6. Anne Kahl October 1, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Martha and Tacy sending my love and praying for God’ special comfort for you. Your parents were so nice and involved in Frankfort ‘s community in a wonderful way. Your mother was such a lady. I have sweet memories of her. She was such a sweet spirit , and I pray you find comfort in your memories.

  7. Greg Finch October 2, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Our thoughts and prayers go to Tacy and the Blakely family.

  8. Richard & Helen Rayles October 2, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    The Nine Hole Ladies Golf Assn. would like to express their sympathy at the passing of your loved one.

  9. Marty Ayers Lock October 2, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Martha, So sorry for your loss. Your parents were such nice people. They were a blessing to this community. You and your family are in my prayers.

  10. Melissa D Martin October 3, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Dear Martha and Tacy,
    My condolences. Your mother was a kind and darling lady. You are in my thoughts.

  11. Lonette Shuler Parker October 4, 2015 at 11:27 am

    So sorry for your loss. Your parents were such wonderful people, always happy and both had a willingness to help others. I got to enjoy seeing them both at Wesley Manor. I had fond childhood memories, at your home, slumber parties. Your mother always had fun ideas for us to do. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Teri (Sterling) Ferguson October 7, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Mrs. Blakely always took such great care of me and my seasonal shopping with my mom. I remember going upstairs from the time I was 5 or 6. One time, Blakely’s had a fashion show and I was allowed to model for them. I have a favorite photo of me and Mrs. Blakely from that day! She was a style mentor for me through high school! I offer my condolences to her family, I am so sorry for your loss. God bless you all.

  13. Stephanie J. Teter October 20, 2015 at 11:35 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Hope you both are doing okay-think of you often. Some of the best times of my life were working at Blakely’s. Your parents were the best bosses I ever had. You’re in my thoughts and as always I’m thinking of you.

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