"Be your very best self. Always be kind to others particularly those who have sorrow and loneliness in their lives. Live your life as God would want you to live. Be a strong Christian and thank God...

Helena Bergmann Blake

April 11, 1928September 29, 2020

Our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Helena Elizabeth (Betty) Blake passed away with her family by her side on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at the age of 92.

If you were lucky enough to meet Betty Blake, you would surely have been warmed by her smile, always accented by her trademark sunset-pink lipstick. She was a woman who had a sincere heart for people and a life affixed on the pillars of her love for God and family.

Betty was a true Washingtonian. Born on April 11, 1928, she graduated with the class of 1946 from Calvin Coolidge High School and attended American University, where she influenced the lives of other young women as the President of the AXO Sorority.

She was so proud of her father, George Pearson, who was the President of the family business, Bergmann’s Cleaning and Laundry of the Washington D.C. area that recently celebrated its 100-year anniversary in July 2017. Betty relished spending time surrounded with family at Bergmannville, our family compound on the Rhode River off the Chesapeake Bay.

Betty converted to Catholicism when she was 20 years old and her faith was an unwavering force in her life. She married the love of her life, Andrew B. “Buddy” Blake, on May 6, 1950 and lived in Kensington, Maryland where they raised six children. They were instrumental in the groundbreaking of the Holy Cross parish and were very active in their church community.

Betty was an expert at crocheting who devotedly made hundreds of afghans for family members and friends including crocheting hats for the men and women serving our military. Betty and Bud were avid ballroom and round dancers who found a way to graciously dance meaningfully through life. Betty will be lovingly remembered by her six children: George Blake (Mary Beth), Christine Messick (Lenny), Mary Therese Smole (Bart), Kathleen Blake, Susan Attridge (Dick) and Diane Carpenter (Keith). Betty was affectionally known as “Gama” to her 16 grandchildren: Lisa Derr (Chris), Kimberly Sims (Jeremy), Corene Brown (Steve), Eileen Ruane (Mark), Bobby Messick (Nicki), Brian Smole, Kevin Smole (Barbi), Elizabeth Smole, Michelle Skinner, June O’Donovan (Greg), Zachary Skinner (Natalie), Christopher Attridge (Kathryn), Sean Attridge, Jacqueline Deem (Chad), Courtney Cunningham (Brian) and Blake Carpenter as well as her 21 great grandchildren: Lilly Ann and Russel Sims, Julian Glaeser, Braydon and Colton Ruane, Drew, Ella and Connor Messick, Samantha, Sean, and Sydney Smole, Vincent Sandridge, Kylie, Madilyn, Shane and Kiersten O’Donovan, Nathan Skinner, Kailyn and Owen Attridge, Zachary Attridge and Hunter Deem.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 51 years, Andrew B. Blake and her brother Richard W. Bergmann.

The family of Betty Blake would like to thank the loving community of BayWoods of Annapolis as well as Wonderful Home Health Care with their loving, compassionate caregivers. We would also like to thank the staff of PearTree House for her end-of-life care.

A private, family service will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at St. Mary’s Parish, Annapolis, Maryland followed by interment at the Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: Saint Mary’s Parish Annapolis In Memory of Helena E. Blake 109 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis, MD 21401 or online at www.stmarysannapolis.org.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Sandy Warhol

October 4, 2020

So sad, and i share very fond memories of over 50 years with the entire Blake family. "Aunt Betty" was truly one of a kind. My deepest sympathies.

Brittany Green

October 3, 2020

So saddened to hear about Ms Blake my deepest condolences 💐 goes out to the family I love you guys Ms Blake was a wonderful person I’m going to miss her soooo much

Erin McCormick Demeria

October 2, 2020

As I enjoy a beautiful pink sunset tonight, I am thinking of your mom and all the good memories of our time in Kensington. Your mom was a truly special person. I am so sorry for your loss, I know this has been a tough journey for you all. May your cherished memories get you through this difficult time. Erin

Mary Howard

October 1, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. I spent so many happy times at your home in Kensington and am remembering your Mom’s smile and enthusiasm for life. She was a force of nature. She helped to make our wedding a special day(even when the flowers looked pathetic). She always gave off a glow and love for life. She meant so much to me especially as I was growing up. The Blakes have been lifelong friends and I wish you comfort and peace as you celebrate the wonderful life of your beautiful Mom and Gama. God bless you all. Love to you, Mary Tolton Howard

bruce attridge

October 1, 2020

Thinking of the entire Blake family and extended family during this very difficult time with the loss of your Mom.


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