Irene Phyllis Hammond (Tindley) Blake, 83

Irene Phyllis Hammond (Tindley) Blake, 83, of Bishopville, Md., bid farewell to the earthy world and went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. At the time of her death, she was residing in Newark, Del., with her “baby girl,” who was by her side as she abandoned this temporary home for her eternal dwelling. Blake was born at home in Bishopville on Feb. 18, 1934. She was the only child of the late Donald Russell Tindley and Mahaley Janey Hammond Boone.

Blake was educated in the Worcester County (Md.) public school system. She married Quincy Billie Blake, better known as “Quint,” on Aug. 28, 1954, and they were married for 51 years. Their union produced six children. Blake worked hard to help support her family, and she toiled for many years in the poultry industry at various facilities, including Townsend’s, H&H (now Mountaire) and Showell Farms, from which she retired.

Blake was a faith-filled woman. She loved God, and she loved her church organization. She was an active member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith and served in many capacities.

Blake was preceded in death by her husband, Quint; her oldest daughter, Sandra; a nephew she raised like a son, Gary Hammond; both of her parents, Donald Tindley, and his wife, Aldermae, and Mahaley Hammond Boone; her brother, James “Sonny” Hammond, and his wife, Marguerite; and a special aunt, Vera Moore.

Blake was the surviving matriarch of the Blake family, as the wife of Quincy, who was one of 13 children produced by George and Mary Ayers Blake. To cherish the wonderful memories of her, Blake leaves five children; Patsy O. Blake of Wilmington, Del., Starr F. Blake of Salisbury, Md., Cindy R. Blake Rogers and her husband, Eugene, of Portsmouth, Va., Quincy D. Blake and his wife, Beverly, of Bishopville, Md., and Valada R. Blake of Newark, Del.; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; a special niece, Emma Lucille Cannon; a special cousin, Etta Mae Moore; the innumerable progeny of the Blake Ayers/Ayres family, the Tindley family and the Hammond family; her church family; and countless friends. She will be missed so much by so many.

Family and friends may call for visitation and viewing on Friday, May 5, 2017, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington Street, Millsboro, Del. A memorial service will follow on May 5, 2017, at 4 p.m. at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, 20887 Milton-Ellendale Highway, Ellendale, Del. Family and friends may also call on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Calvary Pentecostal Church, N. Worcester Highway, Bishopville, Md., from 11 a.m. to noon, with a celebration of life service noon. Interment will immediately follow at Zoar Golden Acres Cemetery, Bishopville, Md.