Patsy Gene Rogers Blake, 89, died June 30, 2017, after a period of declining health, following years of living happily and independently at Givens Estates.
Pat was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, the only and beloved child of Houston and Electra D Rogers. She and her former husband, the late Robert Morrison Blake Sr., met on the front lawn of the Sigma Chi house at the University of Alabama when she unexpectedly caught his football pass while walking by. Among their classmates in Tuscaloosa was (Nelle) Harper Lee, author of "To Kill A Mockingbird."
They moved to North Carolina in the early 1950s, and raised their three children in the house they built in the Beverly Hills neighborhood of East Asheville overlooking the 10th fairway of Municipal Golf Course, the site of epic sledding adventures and after-dinner golf practice.
Pat and Bob were original members of Groce United Methodist Church, and she was an active presence in her church and in her children's schools (Haw Creek and A.C. Reynolds) from first grade through high school in the late '50s through early '70s.
During those years she enjoyed her ladies and couples bowling leagues and ladies and couples bridge clubs, for which she was a consummate hostess. She especially enjoyed shopping downtown every Wednesday, when she would lunch at the S&W Cafeteria or the Woolworth's counter and make the rounds to Sears, Penney's, Bon Marche, Belk's and Ivey's.
Pat was a teller with Wachovia Bank for many years after her children were grown, along with being a volunteer at Bele Chere and at the Folk Art Center, and drew a large crowd of friends and co-workers to her surprise retirement party at the Smith McDowell House Museum in December 1992.
She was known for her delightful wit, her gifts as a writer and storyteller, her love of travel and adventure and being the life of whatever party she attended, large or small.
Surviving are her sons, Robert Morrison Blake Jr. (Donna), of Greer, SC, and Phil Blake (Connie) of Asheville; daughter, Barb Blake of Asheville; and grandchildren, Nathan Blake, Casey Blake and Lauren Blake, all of Asheville.
Her elder son, Bobby, said he and Pat "had long talks about her relationship with Jesus Christ. She clearly understood the gospel and openly claimed her faith in Him," he said. "What a great comfort to know that we who know Him will get to see her again without the pain and suffering."
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, at Groce Funeral Home, 856 Tunnel Road, Asheville. The family will receive friends an hour before the service.