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Shelly Irene Blankenship August 2, 1973 ~February 2, 2014

shellyShelly Irene Blankenship 40, of Elkins passed away Sunday February 2, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice. She was born August 2, 1973 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Charles E. Ryan and Carol K. Partain Ryan. She graduated Rogers High School in 1991. She graduated the University of Arkansas with a Master’s degree in animal and life sciences. She was a devoted wife and mother and an accomplished equestrian. She was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church in Elkins. She was preceded in death by her brother, James David Ryan; grandfather, L.G Ryan and maternal grandparents, Nadine and A.C Partain. Survivors include her husband , Michael Blankenship of the Home; son, Cole Blankenship; father, Charles Ryan of Toquerville, UT; mother, Carol Bigham of Rogers; brother Charles Robert Ryan of Pineville, MO; three sisters, Leanna Kay Ryan of San Antonio, Texas, Charity Rodden of Anderson, MO and Betina Penny of Rogers; four nieces and four nephews and several other family members and friends. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM, Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the funeral home.A funeral service will be held 2PM, Friday at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Pastor Anthony Stowers officiating.Burial will follow at Stokenbury Cemetery in Elkins.

 

 

 

 

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    Penny and AJ Bellard » 05. Feb, 2014

    Our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends this early departure affects!

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    Name » 05. Feb, 2014

    Carol, you were an awesome mom to Shelly and an awesome woman to put up with me being there most of the time (5th grade-9th grade) we were some crazy kids and I know we tested your patience yet you still let me come back! :) Shelly loved you so much for working so hard to give her a good life! Robby and Kay, being part of your family was always fun! It seems like I was always at your house enjoying all the brotherly/sisterly love! :) I know even when you guys were “fighting” you loved each other very much and both of you have been such comfort to her in her battle with cancer. I cherish my memories with Shelly and I am who I am today because of those times! Shelly was at the hospital the day my 1st daughter was born and I will never forget that…it meant so much to me!
    Mike, although I never knew you, I have heard how wonderful and strong you have been through all of this. I know that Cole is one lucky young man to have you in his life and I know you will keep Shelly’s memory alive for him.
    To all of you, I pray that you will find comfort in knowing that Shelly is with our Lord and he has given her a new body with no pain. Shelly is whole again and happy and will wait on us patiently to be with her one day.
    I love you, Ryan family, and once again thank you for all the memories and I promise to be here whenever you need me.

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    Jennifer (Johnson) Geary » 05. Feb, 2014

    Carol, you were an awesome mom to Shelly and an awesome woman to put up with me being there most of the time (5th grade-9th grade) we were some crazy kids and I know we tested your patience yet you still let me come back! :) Shelly loved you so much for working so hard to give her a good life! Robby and Kay, being part of your family was always fun! It seems like I was always at your house enjoying all the brotherly/sisterly love! :) I know even when you guys were “fighting” you loved each other very much and both of you have been such comfort to her in her battle with cancer. I cherish my memories with Shelly and I am who I am today because of those times! Shelly was at the hospital the day my 1st daughter was born and I will never forget that…it meant so much to me!
    Mike, although I never knew you, I have heard how wonderful and strong you have been through all of this. I know that Cole is one lucky young man to have you in his life and I know you will keep Shelly’s memory alive for him.
    To all of you, I pray that you will find comfort in knowing that Shelly is with our Lord and he has given her a new body with no pain. Shelly is whole again and happy and will wait on us patiently to be with her one day.
    I love you, Ryan family, and once again thank you for all the memories and I promise to be here whenever you need me.

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    Denise Smallwood » 05. Feb, 2014

    Cancer we all know and fear it. When it takes over you seem to accept it. It must take the best of the best. The cream of the the crop. Shelly I wish I’d known you better the grown up part of your life. I do know this , you fit that category well. Truthfully
    if anyone deserves heaven you do. By the way if you see my mom tell her i love her. She will likely be sitting beside the glassy sea with your grandma and grandpa hug them for me to. You will be missed always.
    God bless your family and give them comfort. Love you cousin
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    Name » 05. Feb, 2014

    So sorry for your loss. I had not known Shelly for long but connected with her right away. She will be missed. Sincerely, Marsha Marley.

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    Jennifer Dowdle » 05. Feb, 2014

    Cole,

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a great person and will be missed tremendously. You and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. My only suggestion is to keep those great memories of the times you had together close, they will help you through those though times.
    Mrs. Dowdle (Elkins Primary)

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    Benita Hannaford » 06. Feb, 2014

    I was taken back by this sad news.. I knew Shelly in college and let me say that she had such a bright wonderful spirit about her. I have some wonderful memories of her and always will.. I am unable to make it to the visitation or funeral but I just want the family to know that I will be praying for you and that you find some comfort knowing that she is with The Lord.

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    Marsha & Oli Ward » 06. Feb, 2014

    We are so saddened that our dear little Shelly was called home to our father so early.
    She is and will always be a special and dear friend to us personally.
    Her funny smile and love of animals will be missed here and will be a great comfort to your hearts when you remember her during the difficult times.

    Your family is in our prayers and hearts.

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    Sue Tolbert » 06. Feb, 2014

    I have many wonderful memories of the beautiful blonde girl coming to our house when she was growing up. I cannot imagine the heartache you must be feeling but it is comforting to know she is in a better place. Please accept my sympathy.

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    Carole Jones » 06. Feb, 2014

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mike and Cole at this difficult time.

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    Donna Portner » 06. Feb, 2014

    Dear Cole,

    I was so sad to hear about your Mom. Do you remember when you and your Mom came to our yard sale last springtime? You were always so happy and cheerful–just like your Mom. I used to love it when your Mom would volunteer at the primary school. We often visited and she was so nice to talk to–we had a lot of good laughs. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Mrs. Portner (primary computer lab)

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    Shannon Rumsey » 06. Feb, 2014

    Dear Mike, Cole, and family,
    I am so sorry and heartbroken over the loss of Shelly. I was honored to be one of her nurses at Highlands Oncology. I connected with Shelly at her first visit, and since then considered her not only a special patient, but a friend. We would often just talk about family , jobs, etc. She had a flaming fighting spirit which I will never forget. I pray for peace that anyone who loved her as I did, knows she is the lucky one! Free of disease and pain in this world. I have no doubt she is an angel to Cole and many others. I pray for peace to her loving family. Sincerely, Shannon Rumsey

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    Sherry Pianalto » 07. Feb, 2014

    I am so sorry for the lose of Shelly. She will truly be missed. She is in a better place, with no pain and sorrow. I know she is up there with Darrell having a good old time. I’m sure A. C. and Nadine are glad to see her and know she is no longer in pain. My heart goes out to all of you, it has been a long road.

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    Terrill (& Lee) Manuel » 07. Feb, 2014

    We “adopted” Shelly 22 years ago, beginning through a mutual love of horses. We’ve shared many ups and downs of more than half of her life. We will miss her, but are grateful that she is no longer suffering from her cancer battle. Condolences to all the others who also loved her, and I am sorry for your and our loss.

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    Krisha Wilson » 07. Feb, 2014

    I wanted to pass on my prayers to the family and many friends….I know that Shelly is finally at peace after all of her suffering. I have so many wonderful memories from highschool of Shelly. My favorite being the dance contest that her and I won at project graduation;). I will carry her in my heart always….Krisha Wilson

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    Ramona Rathjen » 07. Feb, 2014

    My thoughts & prayers go out all of Shelly’s family. We went to college together & were Sigma Alpa sisters. And although I haven’t seen her in a long time, I always considered her to be a sister for life.
    My sincerest condolences,
    Ramona (Grigg) Rathjen

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    Gianella Edelen » 09. Feb, 2014

    Sending condolences to the family of Shelly Blankenship during this time of loss. May your hearts be stilled and comforted with the hope that she is no longer in pain and in a better place. Sincerely, Gianella Edelen and family (friend and colleague of Kristen Novotny)

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    Name » 10. Feb, 2014

    My deepest condolences to the family of Shelly Ryan Blankenship during this time of loss. I am thankful for all the wonderful memories a blonde beautiful girl. Your family is in my thoughts & prayers.
    God Bless! Connie Nystrom

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    Sherre Courtney Ward » 17. Feb, 2014

    Words cannot express how very sorry I am for your loss of a daughter, wife, mother and my dear friend. She fought a good fight and now rests in peace with our Lord and Savior. She loved each of you so very much. Carol, your home was my second home for many years and I can now appreciate that more than ever. Thank you for letting us make some of the best memories ever at your house. We had so much fun. Shelly loved you and you are a good mother. Michael and Cole, she loved you both more than life itself. She was so worried about you two. If you ever need anything, please let me know. I will help in anyway that I can. Just always keep God first and he will provide the strength and peace that you need to carry on. Love to you all!!!