Paula Blanton Conner, 69, nurse who specialized in phlebotomy

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CALABASH — Paula Blanton Conner, 69, formerly of Roanoke Rapids, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at her home in Calabash.

She was born April 21, 1947, in Patterson, N.J., to Florence Constantino and the late Buck Blanton. She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Frank Constantino; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Pinkie and Atkins Conner; Luther ‘Push’ Conner, Wilbert Conner, Russell and Imma Conner and Betty Hardee.

She was employed at J.P. Stevens for 26 years, Nash General Hospital and Fountain Correctional Center for seven years until her retirement. She also attended HCC and received her phlebotomy degree and Southside Community College and received her LPN Degree. After moving to Calabash, she worked for Care Here of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Miles Conner; children, Tracie Hayes Hammack (Bruce), Buddy Hayes (Traci), Barbara Hayes Jenkins (Ronnie), Cheryl Ryder (Michael) and Todd Conner; grandchildren, Matthew Pike (Tracee), Whitney P. Huggins (Brandon), Brandon Hayes (Alexis) and Kristopher Cabiness (Amanda), Jody Cabiness (Rebecca) and Brent Hayes; great-grandchildren, Hayley Pike, MyKinzey Pike, Jaden Pike, Brilynn Pike, Cenya Pike, Cyzon Pike, Alexus Hayes, Jayden Hayes, Kati Cabiness, Alyssa Kempe, Levi Cabiness and Colby Ryder; siblings, Pat Glinsbecker, Valerie C. Duffy and Beth C. Malone; half-sisters, Seretha Carroll, Ann Wright, Betsey Blanton Wilson and Kim Blanton Simmons; nephews, Taylor Duffy and Ryan Duffy; friend, Katie Conner; and pets, Angel and Missy.

Graveside services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Crestview Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Whitehead officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Hockaday Funeral and Cremation Service and other times at the home of Bruce and Tracie Hammack, 1428 Macon Avenue, Roanoke Rapids.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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