After years of declining health, Virginia E. (Rowe) Blake, 82, died April 9, 2010. She and her husband, Howard, had celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary March 22.

Mrs. Blake was born Jan. 9, 1928, a daughter of John and Helen (Patac) Rowe. She was raised in Boothbay. After her marriage in 1946 she and her husband settled in Central Islip, Long Island, N.Y., and raised their two sons. After her husband’s retirement they relocated back to Maine.

She was involved with church ministries and taught Sunday School for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons and their wives, Gordon and Phyllis Blake of Monroe and Jeff and Sherry Blake of Milford, N.H.; three granddaughters, Jennifer and John Farnsworth of Windsor, and Debbie and Robin Blake of Milford, N.H.; and a great-grandson, Ryan Farnsworth; a brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Grace Rowe, of Boothbay; a sister, Nancy Downing, of Wiscasset; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Carolyn “Patsy” Barter and Shirley Webb.

She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

A celebration of her life will be held at Faith Bible Baptist Church in Searsmont Saturday, April 17, at 1 p.m. A private burial will be held at a later date.