Vivian M. (Gorham) Blake

Born: Sun., Jun. 10, 1923
Died: Wed., Mar. 28, 2018


11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Wed., Mar. 28, 2018
Location: Heyl Funeral Home

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Tue., Apr. 03, 2018
Location: Heyl Funeral Home

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Vivian M. Blake age 94, of Ashland, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Brethren Care Village.  She was born in Ashland on June 10, 1923, the daughter of Carlos and Opal (Shaffer) Gorham.  Vivian had been a resident of Ashland most all of her life. She was a 1941 graduate of Ashland High School.  She was employed as a Bookkeeper for Ashland College for over 25 years before retiring in 1988.  Vivian was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, had been a volunteer for the Red Cross and was on the Election Board for several years.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed shopping and traveling.  Vivian most enjoyed spending time with her family and being involved in all their lives.  

On April 16, 1947 Vivian married Carl A. Blake who preceded her in death in 2011.  Survivors include her sons, Jeffrey (Velma) Blake of Ashland, Michael (Joanie) Blake of Warren, and Kevin (Debbie) Blake of Cincinnati; her grandchildren, Jason Blake, Tiffany (Jason) Cochran, and Kendra (Jason) Leeworthy; her great grandchildren, Logan Leeworthy, Kaylee Cochran and Kameron Cochran; her brother, Jack Gorham of New York; along with many nieces and nephews.


In addition to her husband Carl she was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Marilyn Weeber and brother in-law, Charles “Buddy” Weeber.

Funeral services will be held at Heyl Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. with Pastor Michael Koch officiating.  Burial will follow at Ashland Cemetery.  Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made in Vivian’s memory to Hospice of North Central Ohio 1050 Dauch Dr. Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

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Carol J. Blake
   Posted Sat March 31, 2018
My deepest sympathy to all in the family. I will always love "Mom" and forever miss her.

Cynthia Wesneski
   Posted Sat March 31, 2018
My deepest sympathy for your loss. She was a beautiful soul and will be missed. I'm so glad I came to see her with Carol. I'll carry fond memories of her. Love to you all. God bless.

Kathie Johnston
   Posted Sat March 31, 2018
Our deepest sympathy. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We always enjoyed seeing your mom and dad at Carols house over all of these years. She will be missed.

Kendra Blake Leeworthy
   Posted Sat March 31, 2018
The loss of a loved one is never easy on those of us who remain. I take comfort in the fact that my Grandma was surrounded by the love and peace of her family in her final moments. Her legacy will live on in the beautiful memories of her life we all hold dear.

With Love,
Kendra, Jason, & Logan

   Posted Wed April 04, 2018
Dear Blake family. I am so sorry to have read of the death of Vivian. Please accept my sincere condolences. I would like to share something that I have personally found to be comforting. It is found in the Bible at John 5:28, 29 and Revelation 21:4. These verses tell us that soon God is going to bring about a resurrection of our dear loved ones as well as do away with all causes we have for suffering, including sickness and death. Knowing this has always comforted me and it is my hope that these thoughts will comfort your family also.

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