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Madonia Howard Blake Dies at 89

Madonia Howard Blake

We announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend Madonia Howard Blake. Madonia transitioned into eternal peace on Tuesday, June 4. She was 89 years old.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Joseph Leon Howard Sr. and Faye Alexander Howard; husband, Eric W. Blake Sr; daughters: Patricia Ann Blake-Simmonds and Erica Blake Washington; sisters-in-law: Patricia A. Blake and Anne Marie Blake Jacobs; brothers-in-law: Thomas Blake Sr. and Rev. Carlye Blake CSsr and Brother Joseph Howard Jr.; and parents-in-law: Arthur Blake and Viola Calistro Blake.

She is survived by her children: Michael Blake, Felicia Blake, Anicia Blake and Eric Akinyemi Blake Jr.; sons-in-law: David K. Washington, Roberto Simmonds and Lawrence Rucker; daughters-in-law: Beverly Lewis Blake and Mariel Frasier Blake; and grandchildren: David S. Washington (Latoya Washington), Nyda M. Simmonds, Katrina Washington Bryant (Toney Bryant) Tiffani Rucker, Julian Rucker, Obayemi Blake and Josiah Blake.

She is also survived by great-grandchild, Nathaniel Bryant; cousins: Robert Earl Blue, Elwanda Blue, Joseph Alexander Jr.; nieces and nephews: Andrea Owens, Arelette Howard, Myrlin B. Daniel, Thomas Blake Jr., Sylvia N. Blake, Ronald Blake, Jeri Greaves, Judi Jacobs-Sapp, Juli Jacobs-Moses, as well as the Blake, Alexander, Calistro, Howard, Washingtons, Simmonds and Bryant families; and she is also survived by many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

We know Madonia is at peace. The family acknowledges, accepts and appreciates everyone’s words of condolences. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, www.alz.org. Make the donation “In Honor of Madonia Blake.”

The viewing will be held at the Celestial Chapel of Dan Hurley Home for Funerals from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (EST), Monday, June 24.

The funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. (EST), Tuesday, June 25, at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral. Interment is private.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Dan Hurley Home for Funerals and Cremation Centers of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.

For online condolences or to share a special memory, visit the website at www.hurleydavisfuneralhome.com

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