James Blair Obituary

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In Memory of

James Walker Blair

December 30, 1926 - June 4, 2014
Obituary

Picture it, Minnesota, June 1948. A man and a woman who had never met face to face get to see each other for the first time. Now let's stop here and back up just a bit. This young man, 16 and this young girl, 13, get introduced through pen pals. She lives in Red Wing, Minnesota, while he is here in Texas. They begin writing to each other. For years they write back and forth even through his enlistment into the Navy where I am sure he riveted her with crazy stories of the war. Five years they have been writing when he gets out of the Navy. His first stop…Minnesota. He and a buddy of his drive all the way there so he can meet this now...
Picture it, Minnesota, June 1948. A man and a woman who had never met face to face get to see each other for the first time. Now let's stop here and back up just a bit.

This young man, 16 and this young girl, 13, get introduced through pen pals. She lives in Red Wing, Minnesota, while he is here in Texas. They begin writing to each other. For years they write back and forth even through his enlistment into the Navy where I am sure he riveted her with crazy stories of the war. Five years they have been writing when he gets out of the Navy. His first stop…Minnesota.

He and a buddy of his drive all the way there so he can meet this now young woman that he has been sharing life with through mail. He is 21 and she is 18. Now her being one of 18 children (WOW) knew nothing other than the beautiful, plush surroundings of Red Wing. And here comes the country boy from Texas. They meet, he proposes, and they marry all within two weeks. She leaves, with him bringing her all the way to Balmorhea, Texas. Can we say culture shock! Now that is love! In Texas is where they start this family.

Those two pen pals were James Walker Blair and Donna Mae Neibling whom became the Blairs, beginning this legacy….By Mail!. A little nuts and a lot of love to last through the ages. So….These two pen pals are to blame for this unique Blair Clan. A family bound by love, laughter and apparently a little crazy!

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"Sorry to hear about James. He always had a smile on his face when I would see him at Walmart and when he use to come to the musicals. I loved his fun..." George Allison (Early, TX)

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