BROOKSVILLE – Helen M. Blake, 69, died Aug. 25, 2013, at her home. She was born May 31, 1944, in Castine, a daughter of James and Virginia (Hatch) Yates.
Helen grew up in Blue Hill and graduated from George Stevens Academy in 1962. She married Melvin Blake on July 3, 1962, and moved to Brooksville. Helen was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many. She was a troop leader for the Girls Scouts and enjoyed the trip to Mexico for our Cabana in Cuernavaca. She enjoyed spending time with family at the camp, attending activities with Winter and Barbara, attending the annual Brooksville Library function, and JCG tournament. She also enjoyed knitting items for Winter, Barbara and members of the community; and reading multiple books at a time. Helen couldn’t have been a better wife and mother.
She is survived by her husband, Melvin; daughter, Barbara Blake-Chapman and husband, Rodney Jr.; son, Norman Yates; grandchildren, Winter Ruby Blake-Chapman, Alex Yates and Caroline Yates; brother, James Yates; sister, Vivian Moon and husband, Hiram; special nieces, Sharon Moon and Stacy Warren; and two nephews, Keith Moon and Boyd Black. She was predeceased by her parents; and a baby boy.
Calling hours will be held 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Jordan-Fernald, 141 South St., Blue Hill. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Mount Rest Cemetery, Brooksville. A gathering for family and friends will be held at the Brooksville Community Center after 4 p.m. on Friday. Contributions in Helen’s memory may be made to the Jared Grindle Scholarship Fund, 1434 Coastal Road, Brooksville, ME 04617; or Mary Ann Snow Bates Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 277, Brooksville, ME 04617; or Brooksville Public Library, 1 Townhouse Road, Brooksville, ME 04617. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.