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Celebration of life for Vicki Blackburn, fifth-generation Paso Robles resident, set for Friday

Vicki Blackburn teaches an aquatics class at Paso Robles' Centennial Park Pool in 2008.
Vicki Blackburn teaches an aquatics class at Paso Robles' Centennial Park Pool in 2008. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A celebration of life for Paso Robles resident Vicki Blackburn is planned for 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Paso Robles Golf Club, 1600 Country Club Drive.

Blackburn, 59, died Aug. 28 following complications from a stroke. The fifth-generation Paso Roblan was a longtime advocate for aqua-aerobics water therapy and spent many days in the city’s therapy pool as an instructor.

According to her obituary, Blackburn had an “uncanny insight of humanity” and was “loved for her quick-wit that made people laugh.”

She was known to her students and city recreation colleagues as a mentor, friend and local hero for her work to help others.

Earlier this year, she was also instrumental in helping 17-year-old Noah Erwin save a swimmer during his lifeguard shift at the Paso Robles' Municipal Pool.

Blackburn is the daughter of Norma Moye, the executive director of Paso Robles Downtown Main Street Association and a lifelong city supporter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Blackburn’s name to the REC Foundation, 600 Nickerson Drive, Paso Robles.

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