CECIL – Maggie Ruth Blair, age 88, passed on Friday, Sept. 4.

  She was born in Jeremiah, Ky., on May 5, 1932 daughter of the late William and Maggie (Blair) Thompson. On Dec. 8, 1950 she married Shade E. Blair who survives. Happily married almost 70 years, Maggie Ruth and Shade enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips together.

  Maggie Ruth is also survived by her sons Charlie Blair, Doug “Gene” (Rena) Blair, Dave (Joy) Blair all of Cecil, and Kenny (Lee Ann) Blair, Hicksville; daughter-in-law Chris Blair, Oakwood; son-in-law Gary Lauber, Defiance; sisters Frances and Marie of Ironton; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

  She is also preceded in death by a daughter Julie Lauber; sons Watson Dale Blair and Jeff Blair; and brothers and sisters.

  Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Pleasantview Missionary Baptist Church, Junction.  She will be laid to rest in Blair Adams Sun Valley Cemetery, Cecil.

  Visitation will be 2 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of services at Pleasantview Missionary Baptist Church, Junction. For those planning to attend the visitation or funeral, we ask that you maintain physical distancing measures and practice responsible virus protection while offering the family support.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding is handling arrangements.