April 20, 1948 - February 18, 2018
Exeter – Joan Francis (Mathews) Blake, 69, of Exeter, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at the High Pointe Hospice House in Haverhill, MA after an extended illness. Joan was born in Amesbury, MA on April 20, 1948, the daughter of the late Francis J. and Edna I. (Cray) Mathews. She was raised in Merrimack, MA and graduated from Pentucket Regional High in West Newbury with the Class of 1966. Joan worked briefly at Western Electric in North Andover, MA before graduating from New England Barbering College and Massachusetts Barbering College. She cut hair at Shapely Shapers of North Hampton for many years before going to work for Pet City of Stratham. Joan loved animals and animals loved her. It was said that she had a sort of magic touch where certain animals that no one else could even approach would gravitate to her. Joan was one of the longest living kidney transplant recipients in the world. Joan was a member of the Seabreeze Quilting Guild of Exeter, the Hudson Automobile Club and the Greenland United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband Geoffrey T. Blake, her son Eric K. Blake of Manchester, her brother Frederick J. Mathews and his wife Betty of Blairsville, PA and her sisters, Lynette Cody of Conklin, NY and Ellen Atwood of Bowdoinham, ME. She also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins and her and Geoff’s dear friends, the McNeil and Freeman families. Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday, February 24, 2018 in the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home – Crematory, 811 Lafayette Rd., Hampton. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home at 4 pm immediately following the visitation. Family and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be in the spring. If desired memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016, online at https://www.kidney.org/support.
Exeter – Joan Francis (Mathews) Blake, 69, of Exeter, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at the High Pointe Hospice House in Haverhill, MA after an extended illness. Joan was born in Amesbury, MA on April 20, 1948, the... View Obituary & Service Information
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