Obituary of Bernice “Bernie” Blake |

Obituary of Bernice “Bernie” Blake

Bernice “Bernie” Blake joined our Savior, the Lord, on Sept. 28, 2016. She was 91.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 22 at First Baptist Church in Grass Valley.

Bernie was born in Weeping Water, Nebraska in 1925. As a young child, she and her family moved to Yuba City where she graduated from Yuba City High School. She met and married the love of her life, Donald, and they moved to Nevada County from Sacramento in 1955.

Bernie served the community on the Pleasant Valley School Board. She was appointed to the Nevada County Fair Board, and was also an active member of the Nevada County Republican Central Committee. In her younger years, Bernie enjoyed hunting and fishing, and in her later years her hobbies included gardening and caring for her beloved yard birds. Bernie volunteered at Hospice of the Foothills Gift and Thrift for over twenty years.

Besides raising her children, Bernie’s most important work was giving of her time to the church, whether teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, or cooking Wednesday night meals. She will be remembered for her positive outlook, enduring love, ability to find the best in everyone, and her love of our Lord.

Surviving family members include her children Karen (Jim) More, Donald “Pete” (Debbie) Blake, David (Noi) Blake, and Michael (Brooke) Blake. She had eight grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Donald, as well as by her parents and seven siblings. Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of the Foothills.

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