Mary Louise Blackmon Valentine, 50, of Olla, passed from this life on Saturday, February 28, 2015, following a brief illness. She was born September 11, 1964 in Monroe to the union of her parents, Albert Clyde Blackmon, Sr. and Janice Sikes Blackmon. She was preceded in death by her father; a sister, Sharon Ann Oser; and a brother, Nolan Blackmon. Survivors include her husband, John Valentine of Olla; her son, Michael Valentine and wife Christie of Olla; her daughter, Kayce Valentine of Olla; her mother, Janice Sikes Blackmon; three brothers, Johnny Blackmon of Dallas, GA, Dave Blackmon of Rusk, TX, and Albert Clyde “Buggy” Blackmon, Jr. of Idaho; sister, Patsy Oser of Wisner; and her beloved grandchildren, Savannah, Justin and Derek. The family gathered on the Riverwalk in Columbia to celebrate her life, which culminated with a balloon release on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m.