BLACKWELL, Joanne C.  -
BLACKWELL, Joanne C. Age 85, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Sunday morning, Oct. 8, 2017 surrounded by her family. Joanne of Springfield, OH., loved God and served as a musician and minister of music at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Springfield for 64 years. Her music ministry provided the backdrop to worship. A Springfield native, Joanne worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in her early years. She loved her family and raised her children to love God and cherish each other. Joanne is proceeded in death by her parents, Pinkey and Henrietta Looney; her sister, Betty Jean Looney; her brother, James Looney; and her beloved husband, Edwin Leigh Blackwell. Joanne leaves to continue her legacy four daughters: Marcia (Pastor Melvin) Gross; Sandra (Steve) Duncan; Edwina (Bruce) Clark; Melanie (Michael) Marshall; 12 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. She also leaves a special friend, Mrs. Ida Mullins. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1171 S. Yellow Springs St., Springfield. Visitation will be from 6- 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 at the church. The family will also be present one hour prior to the service.