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December 12, 2013

Agnes Marie (Hurley) Blake, 94


Brentwood, NH — Agnes Marie (Hurley) Blake, 94, (formerly of Alexandria, NH; Englewood, FL and Haverhill, MA), died in her sleep November 20, 2013. She had been a resident at the Rockingham County Nursing Home for twelve years.

She was born in 1919 in Haverhill, MA, the eldest child of John and Marie Louise (Dussault) Hurley. She was a member of the 1937 Haverhill High School graduating class. She and Forrest “Ray” Blake Jr. married in February 1939 and raised a family of four on Woods Avenue in Haverhill.

A homemaker for many years, Agnes went on to work in a number of local manufacturing facilities, finishing her career as a member of the janitorial staff at Timberlane Regional High School where one of the graduating classes dedicated their year book in her honor.

Agnes loved being with her family. She will be remembered for her wicked sense of humor and her ability to make a feast out of almost nothing. She was justly proud of her pork chopsuey, fish cakes, holiday pork pie and cream puffs. After a day at the beach at the Plum Island Reservation with family and friends, she would cook up a batch of fried dough to be enjoyed by all. She and Ray enjoyed family camping, spending many summers at Pine’s Acres on Newfound Lake in Bristol, NH and winters exploring the natural wonders of Florida. Upon retirement, she and Ray spent their winters in Englewood, FL. Agnes enjoyed reading, watching the Tonight Show, cheering on the Boston Bruins, bird watching, playing board games and Bingo, knitting, cross stitch and conquering word puzzles.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, John and Joseph Hurley and her sister, Aurelie Hideriotis; her beloved husband, Ray, and her daughter, Marilyn “Cookie” Moore from whose untimely passing she never recovered.

She is survived by her son, Forrest “Ray” Blake III and his wife, Maralla, of Groton, NH; son, Robert C. Blake and his wife, Emily, of Bartlett, NH; daughter, Carol A. Curtis and her husband, Lawrence, of Harrison, ME; ten grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: Agnes will be remembered at a private family gathering at her burial in May 2014. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to: The Alzheimer’s Foundation, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.