Meridian Star


March 25, 2012

Rebecca Blake


    A memorial service for Rebecca Blake is planned at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Jackson, MS at 3 PM on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, preceded by two hours of visitation at the church. Pallbearers are Keaton Lang, Mitchell Gressett, Louis Hebler of Mandeville, Michael Coleman of Fort Smith, AR, Walter Brown of Madison, MS, Tom Blake of Laurel, MS, Thomas Blake, and Robert Blanchard of Mason, OH.  The family appreciates unrestricted contributions to St. Philips Episcopal Church of Jackson, or a contribution of one's choice.  Service is overseen by Wright and Ferguson.

    Mrs. Blake died at home on Thursday, March 22, 2012.  Her short but heroic struggle with cancer was an inspiration to all who knew.  Even throughout her illness, she continued to concern herself only with the welfare of others.  This was the portrait of her life.

    On October 1, 1944, she was born in Tuscaloosa, AL, to Sharon and Audie Nell Campbell.  Though raised initially in Tuscaloosa, her Mississippi roots were deep.  Bex graduated from DeKalb High School in 1962, attended what was then MSCW for one year, and graduated in Biology from Millsaps College in 1966.  She raised two daughters in Winston-Salem, NC, and Meridian, MS.  In 1989, thirteen years after moving to Meridian, she began a storied  nineteen year career as a representative for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.  This took her first to Mandeville, LA, then to Jackson in the year 2000.  In 2004, she married Kendall Blake of this city.  She loved this man, and he loved her.  She gave of herself to family as few do, and for this she will be most remembered. 

    She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister Rachel.  She leaves her husband Kendall, daughters Paige Lang of Jackson and Erica Gressett of Meridian, stepdaughter Barbara Bequette (Brian) of Nashville, TN, and stepson Thomas Blake (Joy) of Rochester, NY.  There are nine grandchildren;  Keaton Lang of Philadelphia, MS, Isabella Haynes of Meridian, Taylor, Mitchell, and Savannah Gressett, all of Meridian, Caroline and Kendall Bequette of Nashville, TN, and Townes and Elizabeth Blake of Rochester, NY.  Nieces are Kim Ryan (George) of Tuscaloosa and Kristen Lancaster-Weiss (Bill) of San Antonio, Tx.  Nephew is Joel Lancaster of Tuscaloosa.  Finally, Bex is mourned by her dogs...Chaos, Emma, and Bentley.

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