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.
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.