Jaxine Blake - Pastor's Wife, Bible Teacher, Soloist, Organist, School Teacher, Daycare Supervisor, Coach, Choir Director, Ventriloquist, Signer for the deaf and cherished matriarch of the Blake family, died at age 79 on Saturday, May 1, with loving family at her home in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Born in Denver, CO, in 1941, and soon after moved to Kline, Colorado where her parents, Vern and Dorothy Shore, bought a farm from her mom's father, John X. Smith. On the farm, they raised most of the food they ate, hoeing a garden, growing and baling hay, milking cows, and selling their cream to Creamland Dairies in Albuquerque, NM. When there was free time, she and her siblings wasted not a minute to run around and enjoy the open space the farm provided.
At age 12, Jaxine contracted rheumatic fever. In an instant, she lost all control of her joints and fell on the floor like a rag doll. She battled rheumatic fever for a year. For six months she could only use two syllable words. She had to relearn how to walk and regain her motor skills. Jaxine credits her recovery from rheumatic fever for the incredible mental strength and ability to fight through and overcome illness. Rheumatic fever was also the reason for many heart surgeries and procedures later in life. All of which she overcame to maintain her fastest mall walker title for many years.
Jaxine's most precious memories of growing up though revolve around the family's participation in church and church activities. Church was life she would say. The farm may have been 20 miles from Durango, but they were always at church and made it to every church activity at First Baptist Church. Her heart would just swell recalling sing-a-longs and church camps. Sundays were always special days at the Shore home too. Jaxine and her siblings could invite anyone over from church as a guest. Even though her mom, Dorothy, would often cover the clock with a dishtowel, the meal was eventually ready! Her parents emphasized serving the Lord because you loved Him rather than out of obligation to them. Jaxine would then say it was no wonder she and each of her siblings ended up in the ministry!
She graduated in 1959 from Durango High School and attended Williams Jennings Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. It was upon her return home to attend Fort Lewis College and Stan's return from the Army, that they reunited. Jaxine ran with his sisters and they both attended First Baptist Church. The rest is history Jaxine would say! Teaching Bible classes at public schools, a Sunday School class of over 100 four year olds, time spent in Canada on $10 promised support, a church plant including daycare and Christian school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, were the early days of their service to the Lord Jesus Christ. After 38 years of ministry at Good News Baptist Church, she and Stan began a new chapter. They made themselves available for service to fellow Baptist churches in New Mexico. Stan preaching and often Jaxine singing or playing the piano/organ. The ministry never ceased for Jaxine. Even in the final year of her life, she would spend restless nights in prayer for family and friends. A true follower of Christ to the end.
Not least of all, Jaxine displayed selfless love to all her family. The love felt by her husband, children and especially grandchildren is immeasurable. She showed great concern for their spiritual growth and well-being and never hesitated to give assistance when asked.
Jaxine was preceded in death by her parents, Vern and Dorothy. She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Stanley; her two brothers, Verle and Mark; her sister, Bonnie; her four children, Kim, Kenny, Jackie and David; daughters-in-law, Cindy and Tanya; sons-in-law, Terry and Andy; and sixteen grandchildren, who loved their grandma dearly; Joel, Krystal, Matt, Kirsty, Kailey, Erin, Kayla, Sarah, Jessie, Sean, Luke, Jacob, Maddie, Tyler, Logan and Cohen; ten great grandchildren, Justus, Elijah, Lainey, Everley, Mason, Jackson, Savanna, Blake, Hallie and Madden; with six great-grandchildren due to be born in 2021 - Kayla and Gabe are expecting a boy, Sarah and Justus are also expecting a boy, and Sean and Taylor as well as Luke and Kristen are each expecting identical twin girls, something Jaxine really hoped to see.
The Blake Family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude for the wonderful care and affection shown to Jaxine during days of hardship battling cancer. Flowers accepted or a contribution to New Heights Baptist Church, which will go to support a gospel mission ministry, in Jaxine Blake's name:
• New Heights Baptist Church https://www.newheightsabq.org/give
A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 8, 2021, 10:00 a.m., at New Heights Baptist Church, 5300 Iliff Rd.
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