October 1, 2018

Mildred Blake

MILDRED PAULINE BLAKE, of Crestview, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Pauline was born in Gallia, Ohio, and grew up and raised her family in Huntington. She is a Marshall University alumna, where she earned both her BS and Master’s degrees. She was a gifted primary teacher for 30-plus years in Cabell County and was instrumental as a Director and teacher for one of the first Headstart Programs for underprivileged preschoolers. Her dedication and passion touched many young lives. Pauline loved working with children and spent most of her career as a first-grade teacher. She and Mott provided a home for many exchange students over the years, and she loved learning about other cultures. She was happiest when surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She and her beloved husband, Mott, enjoyed traveling and gardening together. They visited Alaska, France, England and Japan. She was an avid quilter and basket maker and enjoyed playing her mandolin. She is preceded in death by her parents, Harriet Virginia and Thomas J. Smith Sr.; son, William Thomas Blake; sister, Ruth Angelee Smith; and brother, William Rucker. Pauline is survived by her cherished husband of 58 years, Mott Blake; daughter, Karen Beazlie and husband Michael; son, Tim Blake; son, Jay Blake; grandchildren, Blake Beazlie, Benjamin Beazlie and Emily Beazlie; brother, Tom Smith and wife Suzanne; sister, Virginia Edwards; and numerous, well-loved nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 1, at Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Alan Kilgore officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home starting at 1 p.m. Interment is at Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery, Crestview, Fla. Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview, Fla. Guest book and condolences are available online at www.whitehurstpowellfuneralhome.com.

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