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Janet Gay Blair dies in Virginia

Janet Gay Blair, 56, died November 17 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Roanoke, Va., after a long illness.

Born in Letcher County, she was a daughter of the late Arlie and Mollie Gay Whitaker Blair, and a sister of the late Deanna Back. She was married from 1970 to 1994 to Charlie Nichols of Letcher, and lived those years as a Navy wife, moving frequently with her family to places such as Charleston, S.C.; Williamsburg, Va.; and Virginia Beach, Va.

Surviving are three daughters, Crystal Weldon and husband David, Cary, N.C.; Dawn Cowan and husband Brian, Roanoke, Va.; and Kelli Nichols, Roanoke, Va.; a granddaughter, Trinity Amaris; three brothers, Arlin “A.J.” Blair and wife Terri, Meta; Russell Blair and wife Connie, Jeremiah; and David Blair, Virginia.

Graveside services were held December 15 at the Lewis Back- Sam Blair Cemetery at Letcher.

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