Grace E. Hillyard Blair, 89, of Owensboro passed away Tuesday, April 14 under the care of Heartford House/Hospice of W. Kentucky. Born Grace Elizabeth Arflack April 27, 1930 in Crittendon County to the late George and Deedee Brantly Arflack, Grace graduated from Mattoon High School in 1947. She was employed by S.W. Anderson, Danhauer Drugs, Dennis & Akers Drugs, Southern Optical and was owner of Grace's Country Store. Grace was a member of Trintiy UMC where she attended the Upper Room Sunday School class and the Encouragers and Trinity Gals group. She also served as coordinator for Young at Heart and the church financial secretary for many years. Grace loved her church and church family.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Blair also was preceded in death by her husband Warren H. Blair; her first husband George M. Hillyard; five brothers, Robert, Harold, Raymond, Edwin, and George (GE) Arflack; four sisters, Pauline Mayes, Anestine Duvall, Virgie Reisinger, and Jewell Arflack; dear friend, Colleen Ashby.
She is survived by her beloved children, Cindy Hillyard Dabbs of Owensboro, Jeffrey L. Hillyard of Evansville, and Jerry L. Hillyard also of Owensboro; stepdaughter, Barbara Blair Brooks; granddaughter, Kristin Hillyard Steeken (Andrew Tank); step granddaughter, Holly Gibson of Florida; grandson, Jonathon Heltsey of Hopkinsville; three step grandchildren, Anna M. Hall, Angie Blair, and Warren Blair Brooks; great grandchildren, Sawyer and Sebastin Steeken, Addison, Callie, and Jacob Gibson; three step great grandchildren; stepsister-in-law, Rachel Arflack of Marion; several beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
In compliance with health and public safety directives, Mrs. Blair's funeral arrangements at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory will be private. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Heartford House/Hospice of W. Kentucky 3410 Wathen's Crossing Owensboro, KY 42301.
Memories and condolences for the family of Grace may be left at www.glenncares.com