She was born on November 29, 1918 in Indianapolis, Ind., the only child of Herbert and Elsie Grace Bohlinger. In 1941 she married John M. Blankenship. He preceded her in death in 1972. In 1979 she married retired Alcoa executive Lawrence E. Dubé ("Larry"). They made their home in Sarasota, Fla. until his death in 2006, after which she relocated to Minnesota, where for many years the family had maintained a summer residence.
Betty and John moved to Storm Lake with their children in 1945 and lived there until 1953. They were active members of Lakeside Presbyterian Church, and Betty was involved in various community organizations, among them P.E.O. Her husband John managed the Kingan & Co. packing plant in Storm Lake, and then for a dozen years was an executive with John Morrell & Co. in Ottumwa. After his retirement, they relocated to Tallahassee, Fla. Before moving to Storm Lake, the family lived in Indianapolis, and later in LaGrange, Ill.
Betty graduated from Washington High School in Indianapolis--where she was the Queen of May--and then from Indiana Central Business College. She served as a legal secretary in the law firm of Goodrich and Campbell until the birth of her first child. A trained soprano, she sang in professional choirs there, but discontinued performing after her marriage. In addition to music, Betty loved antiques and libraries, and in both her youth and her Sarasota years was a daily patron of the latter. She was called "Gretty" by her grandchildren and "Elizabeth" by her husband Larry. Known for her gracious conversation as well as her beauty, Betty was also a very hard worker. Betty is survived by her son Bruce Blankenship of Flagstaff, Ariz., her daughter Jayne Blankenship of West Palm Beach, Fla., and her daughter Mary B. Martin of White Bear Lake, Minn.; also by Larry's son Lawrence E. Dubé, Jr. of Baltimore, and by four grandchildren, two step-grandsons, two great-granddaughters, and one step-great-granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on July 28th at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach. Betty's body has been cremated and will be privately interred beside her husband John's grave in Tallahassee the following week.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Storm Lake Public Library.