Kathryn Marie Blackford
Kathryn Marie (Metz) Blackford, 92, of Danville, peacefully passed away March 14, 2020.
She was born at home in Paxton, Ill., on May 6, 1927, the daughter of Chris and Mary Metz.
Katie is survived by her husband of 71 years, Donald E. Blackford of Danville; son, James Blackford of Danville; daughters, Susan Blackford of Milwaukee, Wis., Donna (Ron) Stewart of Ridge Farm; brother, Lester Metz; Pauline Metz; beloved grandchildren, Travis (Mandy) Cunningham, Jessica (James) Hagley, Stephen (Beth) Blackford, Eric (Kayla) Blackford, Melissa Blackford; great-grandchildren, Alex Hagley, Katie Hagley, Lucas Hagley, Brenden Cunningham, Rycelyn Cunningham and Isaac Blackford; as well as special friends, Carol Blundy, Nancy Blundy, Kim Olds, Carolyn Hummel, Judy Berckmann and Christa Cunningham.
She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Laurie Malone; and brothers, Aaron Metz, James Metz and Martin Metz.
After graduating Danville High School, Katie taught elementary school during World War II. She then spent the rest of her career working for the Credit Bureau in downtown Danville.
Katie was a member of Farmers Chapel United Methodist Church and tirelessly and eagerly made the most of every day, always dedicating herself to her family, friends and her community. She proudly served on the Board of Directors for the Christian Home for Youth, as a Girl Scout Leader and was dedicated to using her creativity and artistic talents at church to serve as a Sunday School Leader, on numerous committees, organizing church fellowships and singing in the choir.
Katie also was an active gardener and enjoyed baking for her friends and family. During retirement she enjoyed reading to children in local elementary schools and caring for and entertaining her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her uplifting spirit and warm heart were felt by all who met her. She also kept all those close to her on their toes by frequently planning kind-hearted and clever practical jokes.
There will be private family services followed by a burial at Sunset Memorial Park. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61834, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Katie's family would like to encourage all friends to share photos and memories on her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on March 16, 2020


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Chelsea (Wright) Foster
Mar 25, 2020
Katie was what I considered a “bonus” grandma. She always welcomed me into her home and gave me a snack when I would visit with Melissa. She and Don were at every sporting event and would always give hugs and encouragement after each game. Katie will always hold a special place in my heart!
Judy Berckmann
Mar 17, 2020
Miss Katie was a very special lady. She loved to sing or talk about her growing up years on the farm. She loved warm pumpkin pie and chocolate pudding. It was my pleasure to have known her.
Wanda Dossey Ellis Nafziger Weller
Mar 17, 2020
I attended Bismarck High with Katie before she moved and attended Danville High. I last saw her and Don at the Danville Mall several years ago. They were grandparent sitting a young grandson by the last name of Cunningham. I;m so sorry for your loss, and I will always remember Katie as one of my best friends of the Bismarck High days.
Christy OBrien
Mar 16, 2020
So very sorry for your family's loss. I worked with Katie at the Credit Bureau for about 5 years back in the late 70s early 80s. We had so much fun. Loved her sense of humor