Ellen Z. Blackbourn, 76, of Mason City, IA, died Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at the First Covenant Church, Hwy 122 at S. Ohio, with Rev. Steve Johnson officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM on Monday, December 12, 2016, at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue. Inurnment will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Ellen Blackbourn memorial fund in care of the family.
Ellen was born September 5, 1940, in Mason City, the daughter of Almon and Nina (Vaughn) Link. She graduated from Mason City High School in 1958. Ellen was united in marriage to Bob Blackbourn. The couple later divorced. Over the years, Ellen worked for Short Stop and Kum & Go before her retirement. Ellen enjoyed crocheting, NASCAR, playing the ukulele taking care of her beloved cats: Charles, Flash and Skinny Pete, going to church, praying for others and visiting with her church friends. She also enjoyed listening to music – especially the Gaithers and Barbershop Quartet. She was a 50+ year member of the First Covenant Church.
Ellen is survived by 2 daughters: Erin Blackbourn of Corona, CA and Kelly “KC” Blackbourn of Mason City; and 1 sister: Sharon Gordon and husband Gail of Kensett, IA.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and 1 brother: Duane Link.