Marilyn E. Blake, 85, of St. Lawrence, SD died Monday, February 13, 2017 peacefully at home.
Funeral Mass will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 followed by a 6:30 p.m. rosary and 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.
Marilyn Fritton Blake was born March 25, 1931 to Al and Catherine (Murphy) Fritton in Atkinson, NE. They moved to O’Neill in 1937. She graduated High School at St. Mary’s Academy O’Neill NE in 1949 and St. Catherine’s School of Nursing in Omaha, NE in 1952
She returned to O’Neill where she worked at the O’Neill Clinic and the hospital.
On August 25, 1954, she married Thomas Blake at St. Patrick’s Church in O’Neill. They moved to Ree Heights, SD in 1958 where they farmed and ranched until moving to St. Lawrence in 1990.
She was employed at Highmore Health Care Center from 1972-1976 and the Prairie Good Samaritan Center from 1977-1992. After retiring from nursing she worked at Fairway Grocery, Tuckers Super Valu, and the Miller School District as a foster grandparent.
She was a faithful member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, choir, and altar society. She loved having her family present for family gatherings, holidays, and for Sunday morning breakfast. Her door was always open for whoever stopped by.
She is survived by five daughters: Nancy (Chuck) Fechner of Sioux Falls, Kathy Crosby of Cheyenne WY, Marsha Blake of St. Lawrence, Sandy Naber of St. Lawrence, and Renee (Todd) Kennedy of Beresford; two sons: Bob (Coly) Blake of Wessington and Brent (Kori) Blake of Miller; 22 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; one sister, Luanne (Gene) Adams; two nephews; two nieces and their spouses; and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom in 2004; an infant sister, Elaine; a 16 year old son, Brian; infant daughter, Rhonda; and an infant grandson, “little” Tommy Blake.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Marilyn’s arrangements.