March 9, 1939 - June 9, 2009
SUTHERLAND -- Joyce Blake, 70, of Sutherland, fought a courageous battle with cancer and went to heaven to be with her family on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at Sutherland Care Center in Sutherland.
Joyce was born Erla Joyce Petersen on March 9, 1939, to Earl and Josephine McNiece Petersen in Culbertson. At the age of seven, the family moved to a farm west of Stratton, where she attended country schools through the eighth grade and graduated from Stratton High School in 1957.
Joyce married Dareld Blake on Aug. 18, 1957. She worked for NPPD and retired from there after 20 years.
Joyce had a very active role in the Sutherland School System. She was very proud of the accomplishments of the Sutherland Student Body and hosted numerous hospitality events. She spent many hours scrapbooking and sewing for the loves of her life, her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Dareld of Sutherland; three sons, Rick (Shari) Blake of Sutherland, Randy (Linda) Blake of North Platte and Brad (Angie) of Glendale, Ariz.; granddaughters, Kaylen and special friend, Lynn of McCook, Nichole of Kearney, Danielle of Glendale, Ashley and fiancÚ, Joe of North Platte and Justina of Sutherland; grandsons, Zachary and Preston of Sutherland; a sister, Beverly (Doug) Eller of Lakewood, Colo.; three brothers, Roland (Shirley) Petersen of Arcadia, Merwin Petersen of Stratton and Roddy (Becky) Petersen of Benkleman; and her many loving friends from our great community.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a granddaughter, Missy Blake.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a,m,m on Friday, June 12, 2009, at Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore with Pastor Judy Gifford of Grace Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery south of Sutherland. The family requests casual attire for the service.
The casket will be open for family viewing only. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so until to 6 p.m., today and before service time at Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Sutherland High School Track Team.
Online condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com.
Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.