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Mary Ellen Blake

Mary Ellen Blake

Mary Ellen Blake of Willingboro, NJ passed away on September 24, 2021 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Mary was born in High Point, NC on March 17, 1941 to Ernest Samuel and Mamie Lee Carter. She was the fourth of five children. The family departed North Carolina for Brooklyn, New York in 1944, where she along with her siblings were raised in the same household as her first cousins, Herbert and Hermenia. 


It was in Mt Hope United Holy Church of America, Inc. that Mary first became a born again Christian. She then graduated from Central Needle Trade High School, currently Fashion Institute of Technology in 1959. After graduation Mary began work as a keypunch operator for Downstate Medical Center. Later, she worked as a telephone operator for AT&T. 


In 1973, Mary met the love of her life, fellow Brooklynite, Navy man William R. Blake Jr. in Rhode Island. The couple wed on March 7, 1974 and from that union came two children, William (Billy) and Robin. After living in Guam and Charleston, SC with the military, the family settled in Willingboro, NJ in 1979. 


Mary was a member of Cathedral of Love, COGIC for many years, serving in many different capacities including delivering Sunday morning announcements. It was during this time that Mary began work and eventually retired from Burlington County Community Action Program (BCCAP) as a Family Partner. God led Mary to attend and become a member of Agape Christian Fellowship Church. It was here that Mary was ordained as a minister by Pastor Burt Merriman and her friend,  the late Pastor Joyce Merriman. Mary wore many hats as an associate minister of Agape. She led the Women’s Ministry which evolved into Destiny Ministry. She was superintendent of Sunday School as well as over the Intercessory Prayer Ministry. 


Mary was an excellent cook and expert seamstress. But more importantly she loved God and was used by Him to touch many lives. She believed in serving the Lord and loving people. Where she worked or served, she let the Light of God shine. She could relate to everyone and she made sure that she never overlooked anyone. Mary was always ready to share the Bible, her smile and a token of love with friends and strangers alike. Mary made many friends everywhere she went. 


Mary is preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings, Ernest (Sonny), Edmond, and Ida (Lou). She leaves to celebrate her memories, husband William (Bill), son Billy, daughter Robin, three grandchildren (Blake, Noah, and Maya), sister Novella, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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