Elizabeth Marie Blessington

Yellow Singing Bird Woman

Elizabeth Marie Blessington, 57, of Lawrence, KS, went home to God on November 12, 2022. Beth was born to James (Jim) and Mercedes (Mickie Burnell) Blessington on 20 August 1965 in St. Joseph, MO.  Beth’s interests lay in many directions: she was a paralegal and a licensed insurance representative and office manager. Her true passion was massage therapy; she was a certified Massage Therapist, with a specialty in Reiki and Oncology Massage.

Beth was very involved in Lakota spirituality. She poured Sweat Lodges, attended the scared Sundance* ceremonies, and tried to live a simple life. Her Lakota sister, Laura Goetz, accompanied Beth for the greater part of her adult life.

She enjoyed craft work: she sewed, making baby quilts for family members, and used her Cricut machine to make cards, shirts, and other surprises for her family and friends. She cross-stitched birth announcements for her grandchildren and Christmas stockings for everyone in her family.

Beth was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Mickie Blessington, and her sister, Terre Allen.

Beth is survived by three children: Monica White (Tommy), Sam Blessington, Helen Schaake (Chandler), and eight grandchildren: Stephanie Donnici, Violet Miller, Grace White, Anthony Duncan, Sonny White, Lola Duncan, Sterling Schaake, and Mae Schaake.

Surviving siblings are: Marci Abels (Steve), Jim Blessington, Mary Blessington, John Blessington, Joe Blessington (Ronda), Rita Carlock, and Laura Goetz (Dan). Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and their children.

* Sundance is largely believed to be the oldest Lakota ceremony.

Memorial services for Elizabeth Marie Blessington, will be 11 am, Sunday, November 20, 2022, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.