Billie Flora Jean McQuinley Blakley, 91, of Connersville, passed away on Friday February 25, 2022. She was born on April 5, 1930, in Connersville to William S. McQuinley and Naina Priscilla Curry McQuinley.

She graduated in 1948 from Connersville. She was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority. She had her own band for a few years.

On April 10, 1955, she married Merle Richard Blakley in Connersville. They celebrated 61 years together.

She retired from the Social Security Office in Richmond with over 35 years of service. After retirement she was involved in her church. She was a member of the East Side Methodist Church where she had held several offices and was a member of the choir. She enjoyed the Red Hats Society, bingo, caring for her grandchildren and family. Mrs. Blakley was noted for operating the snowball stand at the fair for over 30 years with her family.

Billie is survived by two children, Michelle A. Blakley Harrison of Connersville, and Tonija J. (John) Blakley Fidler of Dayton, OH; three grandchildren, Monica (Michael) Maupin Borgerding of Whiteland, IN, Sara (Ty) Harrison Garrett of Milton, IN, and Eleanor Fidler of Dayton, OH; three great grandchildren, Keirstan (Zachary) Borgerding Rowe of Pasadena, Maryland, Isaiah Harrison of Milton, IN and Christopher Garrett of Milton, IN; great-great grandchild, Kaleb Rowe of Pasadena, Maryland; two sisters, Joy McQuinley Morgan of Knightstown, IN and Judith McQuinley Griffith of Fort Wayne, IN; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded by her parents, her husband who passed in 2017, a sister Joan McQuinley Pilgrim and several in-laws.

Friends and family may gather on Friday March 4, 2022, at Urban Winkler Funeral Home, 513 W 8th Street, Connersville, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Funeral services will follow at 1:00 pm. Burial will be at Dale Cemetery following the service.

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