Beverly Ann Lois Blake, age 87, died on September 2 at her home in Pinehurst, NC.

She was born in Worchester, Massachusetts and graduated from Marlborough High School in 1949. A fiercely independent woman, Beverly struck out at a young age to pursue her career and eventually start a family.

She enjoyed gardening, cross-stitching, traveling, square dancing, and listening to Willie Nelson. She was especially fond of Holden Beach, NC, spending many summers there with her loved ones.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert Fraser and Laurette Alice Houle, husband Shelly Wayne Blake, and her son Steve Woodrow.

Beverly is survived by her dear friend Stephen Leroy Willet, daughters Becky Laurette Blake, Shelly Blake Bydlinkski, and Karen Rain Lipson as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Beverly will be remembered for her passionate spirit, sharp wit, intellect, and beauty. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local animal shelter in honor of Beverly’s love of animals.

Care of the family is entrusted to Crumpler Funeral Home of Aberdeen. Online condolences may be made at

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