OTTUMWA — Lois Margaret Blake, of Ottumwa, passed away Feb. 7, 2014, on her 80th birthday at Good Samaritan Care Center in Ottumwa with family members at her side.
Lois was born on Feb. 7, 1934, in Grant City, Mo., to Luther and Lillie Bernard. She was united in marriage to Marion Blake in Maryville, Mo., on Oct. 17, 1948. Lois dedicated much of her life to caring for others as a nursing assistant. She was an accomplished gardener and seamstress. Lois never knew a stranger and brought with her many laughs with her quick wit.
Lois is survived by her five children, Jewel Walker of Chariton, Marianne Fritz (Jim) of Webster City, Larry Blake (Mary) of Leon, Dianna Blake of Ottumwa, Angela Roberts of Promise City. She was also blessed with nine grandchildren, Tina Hardie, Robert Davis, Candi Davis, Matt Norris, Melissa Vanderderflught, Amanda Smith, Kimberly Hofmann, Cassady Blake, Jordan Blake; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Blake; and her parents.
A celebration of life service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Denver, Mo.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, cards, comments or contributions may be given to the family members.