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Venessa Marie Blake, 56, of Lusby died March 5, 2012, at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick.
She was born Sept. 7, 1955, to the late Leroy and Lou Ruth Blake of Calvert County.
She was blessed with a beautiful and loving daughter and grandchildren. During her childhood and early adulthood she attended Eastern United Methodist Church in Lusby. She was most recently a faithful member of Greater Bible Way Church in Prince Frederick. She enjoyed worshipping with her church family and her faith was greatly strengthened by her fellowship with them. She enjoyed listening to family members, especially her mom, sing hymns; when the spirit would fill her, with a loud bellow she would sing out above them all. Her hobbies were spending valuable time with her daughter. She also held dear the time she spent with her adorable grandchildren. She loved cooking, listening to music, taking pictures, shopping and decorating her home, which she did with the utmost elegance and design. She was a graduate of the Calvert County school system. Shortly after graduation she was hired at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. She also worked at several health care facilities. She had a true love of caring for others. Her greatest accomplishments were being a wonderful mother, grandmother and homemaker. Her trademark was her enormous and beautiful smile with which she greeted everyone she met. She had many family and friends but her very best friend was her sister, Elaine “Baby Liz.”
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Lloyd Paul Blake and Lowell Frederick Blake.
She is survived by her daughter, Felisha Taylor; grandchildren, Dayshaun Ablonczy and Brandee Hall; sisters, Philis Hurley and her husband, Wilbur, Dianette Johnson and her husband, Vaughn, and Elaine Blake; brother, Leroy F. Blake Jr. and his wife, Carolyn; sister-in-law, Desiree’ Blake; nephews, Wilbur Hurley Jr., Vaughn “Jay” Johnson Jr. and his wife, Yvette, Eric Hurley, Donte’ Long Sr. and his wife, Marcia; nieces, Tammie Hurley-Howe, Tamara Blake Wallace and her husband, Michael, Tiffany Blake and Ashley Long; aunts, Alverta Buck, Marnette Stewart, Beatrice Buck, Delores Buck and Mary Buck; uncles, James and his wife, Louise, Richard, and Charles and his wife, Patricia Buck and Thomas Gray Sr.; and a host of devoted great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Funeral service was March 14 at Dunkirk Baptist Church in Dunkirk with the Rev. Dr. Samson Y. Nortey officiating.
Interment was at Greater Bible Way Church in Prince Frederick.
Pallbearers were Raymond Barnes, Carlos Buck, Gary Buck, Nathaniel Buck, John Frank Gross and Leander Lockes.
Honorary pallbearers were Dereck Barnes, Vaughn Johnson and David Mackall.
Arrangements were provided by Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick.