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Donnie M. Blake

April 3, 1938 April 24, 2019
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After a long fight with Dementia, Mom passed away peacefully on April 24, 2019. She had just celebrated her 81st birthday.
Donnie Marie Carter was born April 3, 1938 in Huntsville, Texas to Pauline Hosea and James Carter. She was the eldest child born to this couple. Donnie spent her formative years living in Huntsville with her maternal grandmother. She moved to Houston in 1948 to live with her mother and siblings. Donnie graduated from Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas and was selected, “girl most likely to succeed.” Then, on September 1, 1956, Donnie married George Blake and through this union, three children were born, Walter Eugene, Paula Rena, and Pamela Bernice. Even though she was a busy wife and mother, Donnie enrolled in nursing school and graduated from the nursing program as a Licensed Vocational Nurse.
The family moved to Denver, Colorado in 1963. After arriving, Donnie was employed at The Children’s Hospital where she worked as an intensive care nurse for 30 years before transitioning to administrative positions within the hospital. Also, during this time, Donnie and her children became members the Union Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher, a nurse, and helped with the youth.
In 2009, Donnie was formally diagnosed with Dementia. I remember the doctor’s woeful expression and words of apology for the direction Mom’s life journey was about to take. We were told that due to her excellent physical condition, this was something she would live with for a long time. Although there were moments of celebration that have occurred during the last 10 years, I choose to remember my mother before this illness slowly robbed her of life.
Donnie was amazing! She was the epitome of a strong, independent woman who placed the needs of others ahead of her own. She made a point of attending any and all school and church functions we were involved in growing up. Once we were older, she focused her care and attention on needs within the community. She worked with grieving families through the Learning to Live Again Organization, volunteered at 9-Health Care Sites, organized dental workshops, and raised money while participating in Race for the Cure. When Alyssa came down with Pneumonia, Mom set aside many of her activities to take on the role as “Nanny Granny” bringing her focus again to family as she helped to raise her grandchildren.
Mom found enjoyment in the world of politics and was a member of the Jane Jefferson Democratic Organization. She rose in ranks from Denver Chapter member to Colorado State President. She lobbied for improvements in our communities, states, and nation. I was so proud of her as she traveled the country for various caucuses and workshops with the National Federation of Democratic Women. When Barak Obama ran for office, I’m sure she was his biggest supporter. Sadly, that was about the time her illness began affecting her abilities and she never fully realized the impact of her work in his election.
The girl voted “Most likely to succeed” did just that!
Donnie leaves behind her son, Walter (Susan) Blake; her daughter Pamela (Victor) Wimberly; grandchildren, Mark (Tiffany) Bergner, Atlanta GA; Jabari Blake, Jelani Blake, Aisha Blake, Alyssa Wimberly, all of Colorado, and Damontay Wimberly, Norfolk, VA; siblings Veronica (Jessie) Brown, Denver, CO; Ronald (Becky) Meadows, Aurora, CO; Joe (Pat) Meadows, Chicago, IL; Cedrick Meadows, San Francisco, CA; Andy Meadows, Denver, CO; sister-in-law Mary Meadows, Denver, CO; five great grandchildren other relatives and a many, many friends.


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Thursday

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May

4:00 PM 5/2/2019 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 5/2/2019 8:00:00 PM
Caldwell-Kirk Funeral & Cremation Services

2101 N. Marion Street
Denver, CO 80205

Caldwell-Kirk Funeral & Cremation Services
2101 N. Marion Street Denver 80205 CO
United States

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Friday

3

May

11:00 AM 5/3/2019 11:00:00 AM
Union Missionary Baptist Church

3200 Dahlia St.
Denver, CO 80207

Union Missionary Baptist Church
3200 Dahlia St. Denver 80207 CO
United States

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Location

Riverside Cemetery Final Resting Place

5201 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216

5201 Brighton Blvd. Denver 80216 CO
United States
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