Edna Ellen Blake, 81

Edna Ellen Blake, 81, Darlington Township, formerly of Big Beaver, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2024.

Born November 14, 1942 in Burns, OR, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Olive Parsons Pierce.

Edna worked in housekeeping and laundry for 33 years at the Holiday Inn. Edna was a talented and accomplished seamstress. She loved going on road trips, watching the Top Gun Movies and also enjoyed watching WWII movies.

Survivors include her husband William L. Blake of Big Beaver; two daughters, Chris (Mike) McManus of Darlington with whom she resided, Wendy Fisher of Koppel; son, Adam (Dora Hall) Blake of Taylor Mill, KY; three granddaughters, Kerri (Zach) Bandish, Shannon (Justin Wichryk) McManus, and Joni (Julian Taylor) Fisher; four grandsons, Jordan McManus, Conner (Kristin) McManus, Cody (Kristi) Fisher, and Matthew (Sabrina) Fisher; seven great-grandchildren, a brother Kenneth Earl Pierce of Boise ID and two sisters in law Mae Broyles and Shirley Blake, both of Virginia.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law Randy Fisher.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday March 19, 2024 from 4:00 pm until the Funeral Service 7:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street Wampum. Rev. Tim Casey will officiate.

Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com

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  1. I pray our family has peace in knowing Edna is no longer suffering.
    It seemed to me, upon most yearly visits, Edna had suffered with pain on and off during several years of her adult life. Edna demonstrated so much resilience during her battles which was awe-inspiring and humbling. There was one time, I wondered how she could pull through and was amazed at her determination. Upon visiting, Edna would have already returned to herself and continue to thrive. I was not there this time, but Chris explained Edna continued showcasing a spirit that refused to succumb and she fought with grace. Edna was determined to beat her illnesses and it was remarkable to listen to the stories passed to me. Edna knew when she left this earth, she would be leaving the pain behind. I have said to several people Edna seemed to meet each obstacle with courage and determination way beyond what I thought I could do myself.
    The last time visiting in August, 2023, during my 50th class reunion, and staying at the Holiday Inn, in which Edna retired, a nice older fella was there in the breakfast room to repair something. I asked him if he remembered Edna Blake. His eyes lit up and he said YES he did. He had worked along with Edna for many years and said she was a dedicated worker here. He explained he wanted to retire like Edna, but there are not enough repair men at this time, was why he was still working. He said Edna was always doing her job and you could count on her at any time to get things finished. We discussed what Edna was doing and I explained we would be seeing her today. He said to send his regards.

    By Your Side
    Don’t cry for me, I haven’t left your side,
    I can hear when you speak to me, I smile with pride,
    When I was with you, I told you not to believe,
    Now I’m in heaven with angels, more than I could perceive,
    Light a candle, say a prayer, my memories still live,
    Live your life, find joy, you still have so much more to give,
    Hold onto our memories, inside your heart I’ll stay,
    Life will go on and I will never be far away.

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