Mrs. Grace H. Blake, 64, of Chicago, Ill., a former Ann Arbor resident and one-time president of the missionary society of the African Methodist Episcopal Conference of Michigan, died Monday of a cerebral hemorrhage in a hospital in St. Joseph, Mich., where she was vacationing.
Mrs. Blake lived here from 1933 to 1951, during which she was active in the United Church Women's group, besides heading the AME Conference's missionary society.
Her husband, the Rev. David A. Blake, whom she married on Sept. 21, 1916, in Detroit, was pastor of the local Bethel AME Church between 1933-36, when he became presiding elder of the AME Conference of Michigan. He survives.
Mrs. Blake was born March 6, 1893, in Detroit, a daughter of Isabell and William Rogers.
Besides her husband, survivors are three sons, George F. and Richard D., both of Ann Arbor, and the Rev. David A. Blake, jr., of Harvey, Ill. Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Grace Johnson, also of Ann Arbor; a foster daughter, Sylvia, at home; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the local Bethel AME Church, with the Rev. Lyman F. Parks officiating. Burial will be in United Memorial Gardens.
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