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Services for Anthem Alene "Coke" Blackburn Borders, 94, of Denison, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel in Ada. Interment will follow at Allen Cemetery in Allen.
Alene passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, in Denison, Texas. She was born Aug. 11, 1922, in Atwood to Ira and Agnes Gardner Blackburn. She was raised in the Leader community and graduated from Atwood High School.
She married R.C. Borders Dec. 24, 1941, in Allen. The marriage was officiated by Brother Perry Blue. R.C. preceded her in death Dec. 31, 1994. During World War II, R.C. entered the Navy and served in Okinawa and Guam. Alene worked at the Naval Depot in McAlester and was a nurse for Dr. R.D. Morris.
After the war, they returned to California for employment and lived there for the next five years. In June 1940, they moved back to Allen. Alene was employed by the E.C. Peay family for 32 years. She worked at the supermarket and Allen Camper Manufacturing Co.
Alene loved people. Strangers were met with a hug, a kiss and an "I love you." She had a special place in her heart for the young, the old or the helpless. She touched the lives of all who met her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira and Agnes Blackburn; her husband R.C. Borders; her son, Donald Keith Borders; her sisters, Zelda Morris, Janet Treat and Peggy Merriman; and her brothers, Boyce, Glenn, and David Blackburn.
She is survived by her sisters, Anna Hayes, Sue Osmond and Margie Merriman; her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Bill Holman; her grandchildren, Keith Borders, K. Alan Borders, Nora Nokes, Dona Fischer, Briana Shock and Aaron Holman; and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family expresses gratitude to Heart to Heart Hospice for their special care, as well as a special thank you to Becky for always being there for Alene. The family appreciates Crawford Street Place and staff for their loving care.
Published on December 21, 2016
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