Ann Blalock (Lenski) passed away peacefully on January 15, 2017 at the age of 88, having lived a vibrant life dedicated to family, friends, and public service. She will be deeply missed. Everyone who spent time with Ann became the center of her affection, for she took a genuine and keen interest in their lives.
Ann was fascinated by everything around her, from the flora and fauna at her beloved home on Skunk Bay to the diversity of cultures she came to know through world travel. Her passion for life and her love of people, from all walks of life, was a role model to many and will be long cherished. It’s no wonder that Ann’s professional life focused on fighting poverty, unemployment, inequality and injustice on behalf of women, racial and ethnic minorities, veterans, and countless others.
The daughter of Harry and Fay Bonar, Ann grew up in West Virginia. Even as a young person she worked to bring about progressive change for women, African Americans, and the poor—often under the disapproving eyes of others—while she was student body president of her high school in the 1940’s. Ann also stood out for doing things...
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice. Some of Ann’s favorites included Planned Parenthood, End of Life WA, Providence Hospice, NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU, and the Hubert M. Blalock Endowed Fund in Sociology for minority graduate scholarships at the University of Washington.