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Delpha (Young) Blint
December 4, 1929 ~ November 27, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
Delpha Blint, 93, passed away Monday, November 27, 2023 at the Henry County Health Center. A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Snyder and Hollenbaugh Funeral and Cremation Services of Mediapolis. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 1, 2023 at the funeral home. The family requests that those attending wear blue in honor of Delpha’s favorite color. Burial will immediately follow the service at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Memorials can be directed to the family or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Delpha’s memory. Online condolences may be left at www.sandhfuneralservice.com.
Delpha Mae Young was born December 4, 1929 at R.R. Mediapolis, a few miles from Oakville, Iowa, the daughter of Edward William and Mary Alma (Ashby) Young. She attended 12 years at Oakville Consolidated School, graduating in spring of 1947. That fall, she entered Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Burlington, Iowa and graduated in the fall of 1950.
On October 15, 1950, Delpha married Dale Addison Kirkpatrick in Cedar Rapids. They had three children: Deborah, Douglas and Diana. She continued to work at Mercy Hospital until 1953 when she and her husband bought and operated a Long-Term Facility in Burlington. In 1960, she and her family moved to Ft. Myers, Florida where Delpha was employed at Lee Memorial Hospital as the evening supervisor for the Med/Surg Department. She then continued in long-term nursing as Director of Nursing until returning to Iowa to be a Director of Nursing in Burlington. She continued working in long-term, and also in rehab and at a mental health hospital until retiring in 1991.
In 1977, she married Dean Blint and eventually returned to the Oakville area to live on an acreage. After some years of retirement, she began working as a quality improvement consultant in several long-term care facilities around Southeastern Iowa. She sold the acreage in 2007 and moved to Mt. Pleasant to be close to her children and retired again in 2009.
Delpha will be missed by her children Douglas Allen (Gail) Kirkpatrick and Diana Maria Kirkpatrick (Walter) Moyle; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
While living in the Oakville area, Delpha, along with her her husband, daughter and granddaughter, owned and operated the Rollermania Skating Rink at the former Oakville School Gymnasium. Later, she and her husband owned and operated the bar/restaurant at Oakville until it succumbed to the flood waters in 2008.
Delpha always enjoyed working with the youth, especially through M.Y.F. Youth Group at a church in Florida and at the skating rink. She also enjoyed caring for the elderly over many years. She loved gardening, crafting and flowers, and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale in 1976; husband, Dean in 2004; sister, Evelyn Rosalie Young Williams; brother, Earl Dean Young; and daughter, Deborah Lynn Kirkpatrick Newsom.