Mildred Howell Blake was born to Ruel Harvey Howell and Mary Elcesta Russell on April 12, 1921, in Aberdeen, S.D. Mildred was a graduate of Central High School and Aberdeen Business College. She worked in several local offices in Aberdeen before moving to Denver, at the beginning of WWII. While in Denver, she was employed at the Remington Arms Ammunition plant in the office area. She married John Stevenson in Littleton, Colo., March of 1942. She lived in Denver for several years and worked in the offices of Montgomery Ward Catalog Co. Mildred moved back to Aberdeen, S.D., with her two children, Jon and Pamela. Besides working full time, Mildred was a Cub and Boy Scouts leader, kept busy with Jon's and Pam's ice skating and sporting events. She was employed by the Milwaukee Railroad and the Treasury Department for a number of years until retirement. She later married Vernon Leroy Blake in January 1951 and spent 43 happy years as a family unit to which Lee Blake was born. Because of Vernon's job, they moved to Lacrosse, Wis., Chicago and Minneapolis before retiring in Brainerd, Minn. They spent leisure time traveling and fishing on Gull Lake.
Mildred is survived by son, Jon (Carol) Blake; daughter, Pamela (Dale) Lawrenz; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; brother, Dave Howell; sisters, Hazel Gatzke and Doris Zoubeck. She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Vern; son, Lee; five brothers; and four sisters.
Memorial service Saturday at 2 p.m. at Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel, 15800 37th Ave. N., Plymouth, Minn., with visitation a half-hour prior to service. Private entombment Lakewood Mausoleum, Minneapolis. Memorials preferred to Twin Cities Hospice-Plymouth or Pancreatic Cancer Research.
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