Mrs. Louise Owens Blake, 96 of South Bend passed away at 12:12 a.m. on Wed., Nov., 6, 2019. She was born on June 3, 1923 in Oxford, MS to the late Lue Creasie and late Dell Owens, Sr. She was united in marriage to the late Hardie Blake, Sr. on December 23, 1939.
She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Bemis, Hardie (Perl), David (Ruth), Fred, Walter and Robert Blake; Varner Johnson, Bernice Freeman, Gladys Muhammad, Bessie Dickson, Dorine Smith, Sharon (Calvin) Macon, Jessie (John) Whitaker and Forestine (A.D.) Jackson; a son in law, Ulysses White, special nephew, Hubert Owens; over 100 grand, great and great-great grandchildren; siblings, Dell Owens, Jr., Early B. Shelton and Christine Garth; special cousin Minnie Clark. The family would also like to acknowledge special family friends, Butch Morgan, Lockrett Johnson, Sonny & Linda Bell, Ferri Bynum and Zion Redding.
Others preceding her in death include stepfather, Anthney Blake, daughters, Louise Lewis, Creasie White and Emmer Caldwell; son in laws, Ellis Caldwell, Herbert Smith and Alfonza Ward; daughter in law, Geraldine Townsend Blake; grandchildren Darlene Caldwell Saunders, Ajurin Blake, Adam Blake, Roshonda Blake, John Wesley Johnson, Leon Johnson, and Dominique Jackson; siblings Artisha Newbill, Myra Barnes Brock, Oleavia Lottie, Edna Cobb, Hubert Owens, Sr., and James Owens.
Mrs. Blake was a past member of ICU Ministries. She loved spending time with family, quilting, word searches, and extending love and motherly wisdom to many. She stressed the importance of education which resulted in all of her children attending college. She will always be regarded as a generous woman who always reached out to help others and instilled the same in her children. She was a member of the former Model Cities program of 1968 whose focus was on neighborhood and community revitalization; something else she greatly instilled in her children.
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