Beverly Ann Lois Blake, 87, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at her home in Pinehurst.

She was born in Worcester, Mass., and graduated from Marlborough High School in 1949. A fiercely independent woman, Beverly struck out at a young age to pursue her career and eventually start a family. She enjoyed gardening, cross-stitching, traveling, square dancing, and listening to Willie Nelson. She was especially fond of Holden Beach, spending many summers there with her loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Fraser and Laurette Alice Houle; husband, Shelly Wayne Blake; and her son, Steve Woodrow.

Beverly is survived by her dear friend Stephen Leroy Willet; daughters, Becky Laurette Blake, Shelly Blake Bydlinski and Karen Rain Lipson, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Beverly will be remembered for her passionate spirit, sharp wit, intellect and beauty.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local animal shelter in honor of Beverly’s love of animals. Online condolences may be made at

Care of the family is entrusted to Crumpler Funeral Home of Aberdeen.