Our virtuous jewel, Dartha Wren Blackburn was affectionately called "Madear". She was the baby of three children born to the late Billy and Amelia Wren on March 28, 1927. Her brother Major Wren and Sister Fannie Boyd both preceded her in death. She transitioned peacefully in sleep to her heavenly home on Sunday October 17, 2021 at her home in Enid, MS. She was united in holy matrimony to Sam "Big Boy" Blackburn. To this union 14 children were born; three sons preceded her in death, Sam Blackburn, Edward "Ray" Blackburn, and Ben Blackburn; five daughters preceded her in death, Christeen B. Johnson, Laura A Frost, Norma F. Blackburn, Bobbie B. Rudd, and Gloria B. Webster.
She departed this life on Sunday, October 17th, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. She leaves to cherish her memory, four daughters: Odester (Damon) Andrews, Batesville, MS, Betty Blackburn of Enid, MS, Phylisteen Leonard of Enid, MS, and Minnie Ray of Tillatoba, MS; two sons: Joel Blackburn of Enid, MS and Michael (Nancy) Blackburn of Oakland, MS; three sisters-in-laws, Martha F. Blackburn, Emma J. Curtis both of Charleston, MS and Gentry Lighting of Batesville, MS. A host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces nephews, cousins, and devoted friends.
Dartha Blackburn confessed Christ at an early age at Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church. She was employed with Thermos for 40 plus years. Madear was well known and loved by so many. She was kindhearted, a hard worker, great gardener, and one of the world's greatest cooks. Madear wore a smile at all time and made sure that her family was always taken care of. She never met a stranger, she was beautiful inside and out and to know her was to love her.