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Betty LeFay Blake Obituary
Considered her family her greatest accomplishment
Betty LeFay Blake passed from this earth to her heavenly reward on Friday, July 3, 2009, at Mountain View Hospital in Las Cruces at the age of 74. Betty was born Feb. 25, 1935, in Lubbock, Texas, to Robert and Lenore Rich. Her earliest years were spent in a home in Lubbock that was built by her father. Her father was a plumber and her mother raised chickens for eggs and meat, and sold the eggs the family didn't consume. Her mother also had a large vegetable garden, and what was grown was canned. Betty and her two brothers, Bob and Bill, were nearly always found together and were known in their neighborhood as the "Three B's." Throughout her school years, Betty was active in chorus. She had a lovely coloratura soprano voice, and often was asked to sing solos with the chorus, as well as at church, weddings and other events. She was active in the Theta Rho Girls Club of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Sunshine Girls, a component of the Pythian Sisters. She held state and local offices in each organization.
She married Raymond Arthur Blake on Nov. 4, 1952, at the Walker Air Force Base Chapel in Roswell. She devoted her life to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was active in PTA throughout their school years and supported their sports, music, Scouts and school activities, including many science fair projects. Betty worked with her husband, Ray, at the Railway Express Agency managing the office. She worked for Frontier Airlines as a security officer and for Black Hills Aviation. Betty was well known as the memory keeper of the family with extensive family records and pictures, and for her far-reaching knowledge, thus sporting the nickname "Grandma Google." She was an avid reader with a wide range of interests. She loved yard "sail"ing, collecting music and fossils. At Christmas time Betty prepared for her legendary parties. Attended by all of her family, her Christmas Eve parties were a clear expression of her true love and dedication to the ideal of family. She was appreciated deeply for her incredible creativity and talents, which she selflessly volunteered to her family and friends, serving as wedding planner, seamstress and florist. She gave the ultimate gift of time and energy to her family when they needed her. Betty's life was a gift to all those blessed enough to know her, for whom she exhibited love, care, concern and sacrifice far beyond imagination.
She will be deeply missed as the loving and devoted wife of Raymond A. Blake; sister of Bob Rich and his wife, Mae, of Dexter, Ben Rich and his wife, Linda, of Jackson, Ala., Bill and Walter Rich of blessed memory; sister-in-law of Retta Lagdon, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Vertie Knapp, of Stroudsburg, Pa.; mother of Robert (Bob) Blake and his wife, Nancy, of San Antonio, Texas, and grandmother to their daughter Cynthia, of San Antonio, Texas, and their son Brian Blake and his wife, Aimee, of Springfield, Mo.; mother of Donald and Thomas, of blessed memory, and grandmother to Tom's daughter Jamie Jo Pierce and great-grandmother to her son Nicholas, of Kansas City, Mo.; mother of Karen Leon and her husband, Ed, of Alamogordo, and grandmother of their children Tina Penn and her husband, Brandon, and great-grandmother of their son Logan, of Alamogordo; grandmother of Lisa Gallegos and her husband, Arturo, of San Diego, Calif.; grandmother of Lynda Joy Mahoney and her husband, Steven, and great-grandmother to their children Damien, Madelynn, and Dylan, of Alamogordo; grandmother of Anthony Leon, of Las Cruces, and Mychael Leon, of Alamogordo; mother of Linda Bird and her husband, Jim, of Alamogordo, and grandmother of their sons Jimmy, of Albuquerque, Derek and his wife Erin, of Farmington, and Alex and his wife, Adreena, of Alamogordo.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2009, at 9 a.m. in Oregon Park's Rose Garden with the Rev. Bill Garza officiating.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 8 to July 22, 2009
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