• Jun. 14, 2016 7:00 a.m.

Maria Yvonne Blake

With great sorrow, we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Maria is survived by her children Richard (Kathy), David, James, her grandchildren Kristen (Nick) and Cameron (Aprilynne), six sisters, two brothers, two sisters-in-law, and 4 brothers-in-law. Maria was born in Elrose, Saskatchewan into a family of 14 children. She took her early education at Ivor, a small one room prairie school. She then attended Rosetown’s convent to complete her high school education where she graduated. She then furthered her education becoming a Registered Psychiatric Nurse working at Weyburn Psychiatric Hospital. It was there she met and married Clare Blake, the love of her life. Clare’s Air Force position required several moves: Cold Lake, Ottawa, Richmond, Winnipeg then Chilliwack where they raised 3 boys. Maria is predeceased by her husband Clare, June 2015, her mom and dad, 1 sister, 4 brothers, 5 sisters-in-law and 6 brothers-in-law.

Marie was a caring and compassionate mother who always put the well being of others first. She loved to entertain, cook, play bridge and would relax each night while completing a crossword or a jig saw puzzle. Maria also had an adventurous side as she was seen Bungee jumping in New Zealand as well as in Whistler, B.C. at the young age of 78. She will be missed as the family genealogist. She participated many mornings with friends over coffee enjoying each others company at a local restaurant.

Although we are saddened by Maria’s passing, we know she is at peace in heaven. We take great comfort in knowing that all her wishes have been met. We would like to invite you to celebrate Maria’s life with us at Maria and Clare’s home, 47539 Swallow Crescent, Chilliwack, Wednesday, July 6 between 2-4 pm. Please no flowers. If you wish, please send a donation to a charity of your choice. Our thanks to Dr. Bull and all the special staff and volunteers at the Cascade Hospice.