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Della Diane Blackburn

Della Diane Blackburn, age 68, passed at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa Oklahoma on March 11th, 2018. She was born September 2nd, 1949 in Tulsa, daughter of Yvonne and Sam King. She married Mark Blackburn on October 8th, 1976 in San Francisco, California. They were soul mates and recently celebrated 41 years of marriage together. Although both Mark and Della were both originally from Tulsa, they separately moved to San Francisco in the 1970s to find each other.  Della worked over 30 years as a licensed substance abuse counselor and touched many lives. She had a knack for connecting with people and was a great joy to be around. She had an ability to speak into people’s lives and encourage many to live a full life. She was known for her cooking, gardening and plethora of pets-; her home was affectionately referred to as the Blackburn Zoo. She is survived by her husband Mark; daughter Brandy Yancy (Tracy) and granddaughter Rachael Luther-Prieto (Alex); sisters Susan Davis (Robert) and Marilyn King; brother Pete Van Horn; brother-in-law Gary Blackburn; nephew Justin Blackburn (Leah); and a number of other nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be 3:00 PM, Friday, March 16, 2018 at Floral Haven Funeral Home Chapel.

Memorial Ceremony
March 16, 2018
3:00 pm
Floral Haven Funeral Home Chapel
6500 S 129th E Ave. Broken Arrow OK, 74012
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  1. Goodbye my old friend, I will look forward to seeing you again standing beside our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ one day, I miss our sessions, thank you for so much Della…

  2. John and Karen Thomas

    Written by: Karen Thomas

    We were Della and Mark’s neighbors (years ago)and fell in love with both of them. We are so sorry to hear about Della’s passing. She had a love and passion for people, animals and nature.

  3. Kiss the stars for us!

    Written by: Michael Mullen

    Going to miss you for an awfully long time lady! After almost getting to our 50th anniversary of being friends it just ain’t gonna be the same world. You touched a lot of folks in your life. I’m so lucky to have had you in mine! They broke the mold, and no reason to make another…because there will never be space for a duplicate. Thanks for the memories!!!

  4. What an inspiring, empowering presence you have been to me and countless others. You consistently made me want to be a better everything—counselor, friend, woman, and person in recovery—since we met. Peace be with you, Della…thank you for the inspiration, knowledge, support, honesty, and affirmation. 💗

  5. Dear Sweet Della…you were a bright light in every life you touched. We met as children and spent many a 4th of July sitting on your parents roof watching the fireworks at Southern Hills. Even though we lost touch after High School, we were blessed to have reconnected as adults later in life. You became a part of our group of women that graduated from Memorial High School in 1967 and have dinner every month to try and sort out the world’s problems. You fondly named our group “The Tribe.” I will miss seeing and talking with you Girlfriend. The “Tribe” will be at your Memorial to give you a fond farewell. Much Love, Jeannie

  6. Jennifer

    Written by: Jennifer Harmon

    Mzzz. D., you were a pivotal influence in my life when we worked together and great friend in later years. Would not be the community minister I am today were it not for your guidance and wisdom. I will always treasure cutting loose & dancing to Van Morrison at TVH office.

    Godspeed Dobber. Time to take it easy. Rest well.
    Jennifer Harmon EcOSB; M.Div.

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