Anne C. Blake


Mrs. Anne Clair Ware Blake, 89, a resident of Belington, departed this life Monday afternoon, Aug. 27, 2018, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown. She had been in usual health, and death was unexpected.

She was born Aug. 12, 1929, at Elkins, a daughter of the late Samuel Francisco and Flossie Mae Swick Ware.

On July 2, 1949, she was united in marriage to Austin Junior Blake, who preceded her in death on May 5, 1992.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Marjorie Williams and husband, Johnny P. Williams I, and Laura Canterbury and husband, Tim, all of Belington; one brother, Otis Ware of Waterfalls, Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Hickman and husband, Kenny, Traci Galagher and husband, Tom, Blake Williams and wife, Amy, Johnny Williams II and wife, Toby, Adam Williams and wife, Michelle, Aaron Harris and wife, Lana, and David Williams and wife, Kelly; 13 great-grandchildren, Samuel Deffet, Johnny and Maverick Williams, Daniel, Alex and Eli Williams, Kiara Harris, Audrey Williams, Seth and Noah Hickman and Austin, Tyler and Elijah Williams; and four stepgreat-grandchildren, Paige and Jonna Tanner and Bryson and Keeley Wildman. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Cheryl Williams; four brothers, Amos Kermit Ware, Ted Ware Sr., Denzel Ware and Gerald Lee Ware; and four sisters, Thelma Ware, Zelma Vanscoy, Emma Jean McKinney and Zona Bibey.

Anne graduated from Belington High School with the class of 1946. She was employed by the postal service for 19 years and was a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Laurel Mountain Post 410 of Belington. Anne was a 50-plus year member of the Barbour County Hilltoppers CEOS, and in 2009, she reigned as County Belle. Anne was devout Christian and attended the Westside United Methodist Church where she had served as Sunday school teacher for many years and was active in the woman’s society of the church. Anne was very creative and talented with crafts, oil painting and baking and loved to volunteer at the Heart and Hand Ministries. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Friends will be received at the Talbott Funeral Home, 56 N. Brandenburg St. in Belington, from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, with the Laurel Mountain Post 410 VFW Ladies Auxiliary conducting ritualistic services at 7 p.m. Friends may call again on Friday from 8-11 a.m., the funeral hour, when final rites will be conducted with Pastor Johnny Paul Williams II officiating. Interment will follow in the Church of the Brethren Cemetery near Junior.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Heart and Hand Ministries, P.O. Box 128, Philippi, WV 26416. The Talbott Funeral Home in Belington is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Anne Clair Ware Blake. Condolences can be made to the family at