Thursday, November 14, 2019

Remembering Beverly Blake, Senior Advisory Commission Chairwoman

Southlake Senior Advisory Commission Chairwoman Beverly Blake passed away on August 30, 2019; she was 83 years old.

Beverly was married to her husband Milton for nearly 59 years, and they are the proud parents of two children, daughter Robin Cornish and their late son, Milton Blake. They’re also grandparents to five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Beverly Blake at the Frank Cornish IV Park Rededication Ceremony, October 2017.

“Beverly Blake was one of the most honest people I’ve ever met. She spoke truth, but did it in a way that invited people in,” said Mayor Laura Hill.  “Her leadership was invaluable when it came to bringing people to the table to talk and work together towards common goals.  We also saw her warm and tender side with her friends and family; she is a treasure, and Southlake was blessed to have her in our community.”

Mrs. Blake’s passion for service was at the center of her life. An educator for more than 40 years, she was a principal of two schools in the Chicago school system. She was also very involved in her church and recently served as a pastor’s assistant.

Beverly and Milton came to Southlake to be closer to their family including daughter, Robin Cornish, wife to the late Frank Cornish, and the Cornish children Frank V, Blake, Gabrielle, Sydney, and Sarah. Beverly and Milton also have a great-grandchild, Quincy.

A resident of Southlake for nearly 15 years, Beverly was active at the Southlake Senior Center playing weekly bridge, attending the weekly Monday luncheon and participating in the special senior events and dances that took place at Legends Hall. She also served on the Senior Advisory Commission (SAC). She was first appointed to the SAC in 2010, and then was elected chairperson in June of 2016.

“Beverly was a great champion for our Seniors,” said Community Services Director Chris Tribble. “Her can-do attitude and her spirit for life made her so easy to be around and to work alongside. She asked for our best when it came to the City’s senior programming and services. We are grateful that her vibrant vision will live on in the Southlake Senior Community.”

Beverly’s funeral services will take place in at St. James Lutheran Church in Chicago on Saturday, September 7, 2019.