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Rita Blevins

Rita C. Blevins

Monday, June 27th, 1927 - Wednesday, October 21st, 2020
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POTSDAM – Rita Rose C. Blevins, 93, a longtime resident of Potsdam peacefully passed away on Wednesday afternoon, October 21, 2020 at the LaPointe Adult Home in Russell, where she had been residing for over a year.

Rita was born on June 27, 1927 in Hermon, the daughter of the late Roy and Veronica (Tiernan) Cook. She was graduate of Hermon High School and later from Watertown Business School. On September 3, 1945, she married Leland J. Blevins at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Hermon with Rev. Antonio Audet, officiating. Lee predeceased her on May 14, 2020

Rita assisted her late husband with their many business ventures - Silver Restaurant, the family farm and Blevins Motors, were just a few. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Potsdam and enjoyed golfing, playing cards, and the time she was able to spend with her family. Rita was a very generous spirited person, helping anyone that was need whether at church or in her community.

Rita is survived by her children, Sherry and Robert Veitch of Parishville and Watchula, Florida; Paul and Michelle Blevins of Potsdam; David and Tammy Blevins of Gouverneur; Duane and Debra Blevins of Parishville; Connie Hayes of Kingston, New York; Lynn and Betsy Blevins of Ogdensburg; and Beth Barrett of Malta, New York; and her brother, Donald Cook of Hermon. She also leaves behind the legacy of 26 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her son-in-law, Clarence “Buster” Hayes; her sisters, Marion Reed, Margaret Kirkey, and Rebecca Brunet; and her brother, Bernard Cook.

Due to the current health crisis, A graveside service will be held privately at the convenience of the family at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Potsdam. A celebration of her life will be held in the Spring of 2021.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Catholic Charities.
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    St. Mary's Cemetery - Potsdam
    Route 56
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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Amy Tresidder

Posted at 04:33pm
Sending love and sympathy to the Blevins Family. Fond memories of your mother. ~Amy & Ernie Tresidder

Katherine Riley-Perry

Posted at 11:40pm
Lynn, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Not a day goes by that I don't think of my parents and how much I miss them. Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss.
Kathy Lewis Perry

Patricia E. Kelly

Posted at 08:38pm
Sherry and Family,

I have no doubt that your Mother was welcomed into Heaven with open arms and a huge celebration. Rita was a fun, kind and welcoming person. She enjoyed life and her spirit brightened the lives of those that she came in contact with. She was very kind to me, when I visited her with my Mother, in Florida; and, she was incredibly kind to my Mother when she married Ken Kirkey, after her sister, Peg, had passed. Rita was a shining example of a loving, Christian woman; and, her influence is apparent in her children and grandchildren. I feel fortunate to have met her and her family. RIP Rita and enjoy Heaven!
Patty Kelly

Sr. Imelda Kirkey, OSM

Posted at 08:28pm
My sincere sympathy to all the Blevins Family as you mourn the loss of Rita. She was always a fun and gentle, caring person . I spent many good times with her in Florida with Margaret and Ken Kirkey. What a welcome greeted her as she entered eternity!.

Cynthia Turnbull Sherman

Posted at 05:50pm
Thoughts and prayers to everyone, many fond childhood memories of your Mom and her kindness to me

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