Kathryn Wilder Blake

February 15, 1960November 4, 2018
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Kathryn Wilder Blake, 58, of Raleigh, passed away suddenly on November 4, 2018. She was born in Tampa, Florida to the late Needham and Doris Wilder on February 15, 1960. Kathryn is survived by her daughter, Grace Austin; brother, Allen Wilder; niece, Marie Wilder and many loving friends.

Kathryn was a strong, vivacious, independent and compassionate woman. She grew up in Clayton, NC and graduated from Clayton High School. She worked in property management for most of her career.

Kathryn was a devoted mother to Grace and she worked tirelessly to ensure that her daughter had every opportunity to succeed. She was an active part of Grace’s passions and enjoyed being a dance mom. Her greatest joy was seeing Grace perform. Kathryn was an integral part and supporter of all her daughter’s dance groups throughout her dance career. She was seen as a second mom and friend to all of Grace’s friends. Kathryn considered her own friends to be a part of her family which was evident by how she invested her time and love into their lives. She had the unique gift of making everything extra special for those around her.

Kathryn’s smile would light up any room and her sense of humor made everyone laugh. Her legacy will live on through Grace and all that knew, admired and loved her.

Visitation for Kathryn Blake will be at McLaurin Funeral Home, 12830 US 70 Business HWY W, Clayton, NC 27520 on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm followed by a memorial service.

All flowers can be sent to McLaurin and donations can be sent to the Grace Austin Education Fund, ℅ Lynn Jusaites at 137 Aleah Court, Clayton, NC 27520. For any assistance, please contact Kit Payne Creasy 703-338-1762 or 919-553-6269, Billie Ann Hinton 919-604-2770, or Lynn Hill Jusaites 919-413-4647.


  • Grace Austin, Daughter
  • Allen Wilder, Brother
  • Marie Wilder, Niece


  • Visitation Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, November 8, 2018

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Wanda Todd Strickland

November 9, 2018

So sorry for your loss ...remember your mom from school. Heaven has a sweet angel.

Kim Jarrett

November 7, 2018

Dearest Grace, my deepest sympathies on the passing of your Mother. Kathryn was one of those women with whom it was easy to become instant friends. Vivacious, intelligent, professional, kind, funny, she embodied everything that one wanted in a galpal. I liked her from the moment I first met her and I enjoyed getting to spend time with her and with you when I lived in Raleigh. Everyone who knew your Mother knew that you were the center of her universe and the pride with which she spoke about you was luminous. Her strong and beautiful spirit will live on in you and in the days, months, years ahead she will still be there to guide you as you recall the lessons that she shared. You have my number and you have my unconditional support and friendship. Call upon either if ever you need me.

estelle Schwarz

November 7, 2018

Dear Grace... Your mother was such a special person. She was my right hand in business, the faithful and loyal person that made my life easier.. She was a warm, fun-loving Delight to befriend. We remained close as the years went by and she shared her love for you and the joy you brought to her life. Just a short while ago she shared her excitement about the talented, young woman you became and how her life was meaningful because you were there. She was hoping to visit with you so we could meet again. My heart is so sad that she passed so early. I know she will be at your side forever. May she rest in peace. Kathryn will be truly missed.

Joni Tsumas

November 6, 2018

Kathryn was a fiercely independent woman and even if you knew her for only a minute, you knew she loved Grace with all her heart and soul. She had a great sense of humor and a way of making you feel at ease. I will miss her dearly. Joni Tsumas

Neil Blake

November 6, 2018

Even though we have never met, my heart shares your sadness. Your mom was a smart, driven, and caring person.
I know you were her world, pride and joy.
Jason and I will always share with you wonderful memories.