Jun. 3, 1915 Diller Jefferson County Nebraska, USA
Aug. 30, 2011 Bradenton Manatee County Florida, USA
Faye Blackstone, Hall of Fame Honoree
Faye Blackstone, 96, of Parrish, died peacefully Tuesday morning after a brief illness. Mrs. Blackstone was the wife of the late Vick Blackstone. The famous cattle and rodeo couple had no children and only a few cousins left in Nebraska. Faye was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2004.
Services will be held Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 at the Parrish United Methodist Church starting with visitation at 10a and the service at 11a. Interment will be in the Fortner Cemetery. The ladies of the church will serve lunch in the church hall after the services. Pallbearers will be the members of the Manatee County Cattleman's Association.
In lieu of flowers donations will be accepted in Mrs. Blackstone's memory at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, 1720 Gendy Street Fort Worth, TX 76107-4064, 817-336-4475; Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 Saint Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 and the Florida Junior Cattleman's Association, PO box 421929, Kissimmee, FL 34742-1929. Arrangements by Kicliter Funeral Home, 941-722-0204.
Published in The Herald on September 2, 2011 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Faye Blackstone (June 3, 1915 – August 30, 2011) was an American rodeo star, performer and elected member of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame.
She is credited with inventing three rodeo maneuvers, the reverse fender drag, the flyaway and the ballerina.
Blackstone was born Fayetta June Hudson in Diller, NE in 1915. She self taught herself to perform tricks on horses after watching a woman handle a flailing bronco when she was eight years old. In 1937, Blackstone married her husband, the Texan rodeo performer Vic Blackstone, in a ceremony held in the center of a rodeo arena in Bladen, NE. Faye and Vic performed together throughout the United States the 1940s and 1950s. She performed as far away from Nebraska as Havana, Cuba, and competed alongside well known celebrities, including Gene Autry.
Vic Blackstone retired during the 1950s, while Faye Blackstone continued to perform until her retirement during the late 1960s. The couple moved to a home on the outskirts of Parrish, FL, in Manatee County during the 1951. They worked and raised cattle at a nearby ranch.
In 1978, Blackstone and her husband helped McEntire, the daughter of friends, launch her career, by arranging for her to perform at a county fair in Florida. McEntire recalled the performance as a breakthrough in her career in a 2003 interview with the Bradenton Herald aying, "That was my first big fair by myself. It was huge to me."
Faye Blackstone was elected into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1982, the same year that her husband was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame. The Blackstones became the namsakes of Blackstone Park in Palmetto, FL.