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Vera A. (Nelson) Blake

Vera A. (Nelson) Blake, 68, wife of Norman F. Blake of Howe Street, Ipswich, died late Wednesday, July 17, 2019 in the Beverly Hospital following her brief illness.

Vera was born in Gloucester on April 7, 1951 one of the eight children of the late Donald R. and Geraldine (Major) Nelson. She was raised in Gloucester, where she attended public schools, going on to graduate from North Shore Community College. Married in 1969 the Blakes soon made their home in Wyoming coming to settle in Ipswich in 1977 where they raised their family. For many of these years Vera was employed as a health aide in several area nursing and rehabilitation homes. In addition to the special time she enjoyed with her grandchildren as she followed them with their activities, she enjoyed her time baking for family and friends, enjoyed the theatre, her church, where she was a longtime member, and the craft macrame’.

Vera was extremely loving and devoted to her family.  She always went above and beyond to help everyone she knew. She will be greatly missed.

In addition to her husband Norman of fifty years she is survived by three sons, Mark A. Blake of Wyoming, Michael E. Blake and his wife Marilyn of Newton, NH, Layton G. Blake and his wife Jennifer of Amesbury; five grandchildren, Felica Blake, Nicholas Blake Alexis Blake, all of Amesbury, Ashley and Lindsey Blake both of Newton, NH and two great grandchildren, Sadie and Barrett Blake both of Wyoming. She is also survived by two brothers, Donald Nelson of Ipswich, Bruce Nelson of Gloucester; five sisters, Lorraine Nelson of Exeter, NH, Cynthia Nelson of Barrington, NH, Jayne Morong of Gloucester, Dawn Bradstreet of Gloucester, Becky Thompson of Gloucester, and many nephews and nieces. She was the grandmother of the late Kyle Blake formerly of Wyoming.

Her funeral service will be held 10 am Tuesday, July 23, in The First Church in Ipswich, Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich followed by interment in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Monday 4 to 7 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to First Church in Ipswich, 1 Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich, MA 01938.


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