Dorothy P. Blake
Dorothy P. Blake, age 89, of Dannebrog, died Friday, October 5, 2018, at Park Place Nursing Home in Grand Island.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Dannebrog. Pastor Donnie Halbgewachs officiated. Interment is in Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell today (Thursday) at 1:00 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church or Dannebrog-Boelus Rescue Unit.
Condolences for Dorothy’s family may be left at www.jacobsengreenway.com.
Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul is assisting the family.
Dorothy is the daughter of George and Lillian (Ladd) Clinard and was born March 30, 1929, in Woodlawn, Tennessee.
Dorothy attended Toler Elementary School and Woodlawn High School.
She helped her father on the farm raising tobacco with mules and a plow. She learned to play guitar and frequently played country music and sang with her brothers.
She was united in marriage to Walter F. Blake on July 22, 1944, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. After her marriage, she played at a benefit at a high school in Nashville with some members of the Grand Ole Opry.
Dorothy very quickly became an Army wife. The couple renewed their wedding vows on their 40th wedding anniversary and had 41 households during that time. Following Walter’s discharge from the Army, he joined the Civil Service and was a superintendent in the National Cemetery System. Dorothy and Walter served at Lebanon, Kentucky, and Fort McPherson at Maxwell. Following Walter’s retirement, he and Dorothy moved to Dannebrog in 1976.
Dorothy was active in 4-H, Women’s Bible Study, she taught Sunday School, children’s clubs and was a director of Evergreens Senior Citizens Group. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dannebrog.
She enjoyed sewing and crafts, was devoted to family and friends and always had a smile for everyone. She shared a love of hunting and fishing with her husband for many years.
Dorothy is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Kathy Blake, of Peyton, Colorado, and Gerald and Janette Blake, of Dannebrog; three daughters and a son-in-law, Kathy Main, of Wood River, Chris Blake, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Becky and Alan Davis, of Phillips; ten grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Estelle Harrison, of Clarksville, Tennessee, and Gloria Cotton-Blake, of El Paso, Texas; two brothers-in-law and their spouses, Gordon and Janet Blake, of Hastings, and Eugene and Mary Blake, of Winfield, Kansas; and one sister-in-law, Sally Clinard, of Big Rock, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter; a grandson, David Blake; three brothers, Thomas, Elvin and Brownell Clinard; and four sisters, Thelma Evans, Lorene Clinard, Leora Clinard, and Elsie Mae Gray.