Virginia Burns Jenkins Blake, 88 - Gilmer County

Virginia Burns Jenkins Blake age 88 of Lower Two Run Road, Gilmer County, departed this life at 6:17 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012 at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born August 13, 1923 at Perkins, Gilmer County, a daughter of the late John Stump and Florence Sponaugle Kerns Burns. She was the 9th child out of 11.

On August 30, 1940 she was married to Ferrell Paul Jenkins who preceded her in death March 7, 1979. On May 29, 1986 she married Ivan B. Blake who preceded her December 23, 2006.

She was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church at Normantown and the Glenville Senior Citizens. She lived for her family and was always laughing and ready to sing.

Surviving are 7 daughters, 1 son and 1 step-daughter, Roberta Sue (Steve) Kocher of Perkins; Marilyn Kay (Curt) Carpenter of Gassaway; Wanda Jeanne Davisson of Normantown; Paula Ruth (Jack) Smith of Perkins; Debra Jo (Joe) Hitt Sinking Creek; Alice Mae (David) Wylde of England; Donna Lou (Carl) Duelley of Normantown; Larry Paul Jenkins (Lisa) of Glenville; and Carolyn Blake Hanson of Cox's Mills. One brother survives, Carrell L. Burns of Frametown. She has 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, 4 step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews surviving.

She was preceded in death by 5 brothers, 4 sisters, 2 husbands, 1 grandchild and 1 great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2012 with Elder Roger Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Normantown. Friends may call 5-8 p.m., Monday, at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Virginia Jenkins Blake with arrangements.