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BLESSING, Shirley (Jones)

BLESSING, Shirley (Jones)

BLESSING - Shirley (nee Jones)
of Crittenden, NY died May 30, 2018 at Brothers of Mercy Home, Clarence. She was born December 23, 1924, was the wife of the late Lynn Blessing; the mother of the late Wende Lynn Blessing; the grandmother of Taylor Blessing of Rochester; the great-grandmother of Adeline; the step-grandmother of Christopher Steinmetz. Shirley was for over a half-centry the dear friend of Mary Patricia Paxon of neighboring Akron. Shirley was the daughter of the late Margaret Hassett Jones of Crittenden and Knigton Jones of Oakfield, NY and was descendant of the prominent Western New York Hassett and Wende families. Shirley graduated from Alden High School and attended then Buffalo State Teacher's College. After she married Lynn Blessing of Corfu, they lived briefly in that community and then moved above the family-run historic general store in the Town of Alden's Crittenden community where she lived, worked and raised her family. In addition to operating the general store with Lynn, Shirley followed in her mother's footsteps, serving as Postmaster of Crittenden, the post office located in the store which served as the focal point of that rural community for generations. Shirley was a life parishioner of St. Patrick Church in Alden, a church built by her Hassett great-grandfather. She was a volunteer for many activities at St. Francis Church in Corfu and held many offices in the Genesee Region and Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and was a delegate to the Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia in 1976. No prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 PM at St. John's RC Church Alden, NY, Monday, June 4. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Shirley's name to the Brothers of mercy Home or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by the Charles Meyer Funeral Home. Share your condolences at

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