Anne Mitchell Blackley

December 30, 1931 - October 26, 2020
Anne Mitchell Blackley

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Anne Mitchell Blackley, age 88, passed away peacefully October 26, 2020, at her home in Wilmington.

Anne was born in Lumberton, NC, on December 30, 1931. Her parents were Franklin Mitchell and Katherine Pleasants Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, William Paschal “Bill” Blackley.

Anne grew up in Fairmont, NC, and was a graduate of East Carolina College with a degree in Art Education. She served as an art teacher at Sunset Park Junior High and New Hanover High School before starting a family. Anne was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and Christian friend to many.

A significant part of Anne’s life was spent in service to those around her and in her church. She spent time teaching Sunday school at Pine Valley Baptist Church where some of her many lifelong friends were made. Later she was a faithful member of Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church and served in the Women’s Ministry, on the Bereavement Committee, and as a Sunday School Teacher for many years. She endlessly worked to serve others, as her heart was always full of love for those around her.

She was a long-time member and president of the Eastern North Carolina Women’s Aglow organization and was instrumental in numerous women’s conferences regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Her love for the beach was a large part of her existence, from when she was a small child until the last few weeks of her life. As an artist, many of her works were related to the beach, and, in many cases, focused on the vacation time she spent there with family, especially her grandchildren.

Anne is survived by her sons, Frank Blackley and wife Kathy of Wilmington, and Scott Blackley and wife Christi, of Austin, Texas. One of the joys of her life were her five grandchildren, Eliza, Aaron, Eleni, Lindsey, and Amanda. She is also survived by a beloved brother, Barney Mitchell of LaFayette, LA, along with other extended family members.

A private Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at 12 noon on November 2, at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church, and will be officiated by Rev. Dan Sonnenberg. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 PM at Greenlawn Memorial Park and is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Visitation for family and friends will be held after both services.

Memorial donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare (

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  • October 27, 2020
    Jayne Humphrey Pearce says:
    Ann was a wonderful person and an example of Christian love and a life of service. The Humphrey family will treasure her memory always, as well as Bill’s. It is not hard to imagine her joy, as she now sees Jesus face to face!! Love to you all!!

  • October 27, 2020
    John Brennan says:
    Anne opened her swimming pool to my daughters when we moved into the neighborhood. She was a leader among neighbors and will always be remembered. Watching here friends and family honor her during the last several weeks in her beloved home was inspiring. Merry Christmas Anne!

  • October 27, 2020
    Anne Lineberry says:
    Sending love and prayers to Frank, “Blackley” and my girls. I had always heard such nice things about her.

  • October 29, 2020
    Wally Autry lit a candle:
    Lit since October 29, 2020 at 10:40:21 PM

  • October 31, 2020
    Andy Lingenfelter says:
    Frank and Scott, I am sorry to hear about your mom passing away this week. When I first joined MGEPC, way back in 1989 - and new to town, your family adopted me. I can still hear her voice calling me one of her "sons" :) She was and is and inspiration to me in her love of life, the Lord she followed and her engagement/leadership in the body of Christ. I am grieving with you in her passing and celebrating with you that she is now standing with "flag in hand" worshiping the Lord of the Universe she loved. Sincerely Andy Lingenfelter