Gwendoline "Gwen" Blake (née Hemley)

Passed away peacefully with her family at her side on February 23rd 2021 at Cabrini Hospital Malvern after fighting a long battle with illness. 

Loved and loving Mother of Angela and Vanessa, Mother in law of Justin and Luke.
Grandmother of Antonella, Zara, Blake and Flynn.

A woman who sacrificed everything for her family, a heart of pure gold and compassion. Free of pain and free to be with the wildflowers. 

Our heartfelt thanks to the ICU team at Cabrini Hospital Malvern who cared for her with dignity and kindness and also to St John of God Ballarat and Dr. Kemp.  

Funeral Notice

ServiceMarch 3, 2021 - 11:00 am410 York Street Ballarat, VIC View MapVenue: York Street Church of Christ

A service to celebrate the life of the Late Gwendoline (Gwen) Blake will take place at York St Church of Christ, 410 York Street, Ballarat on Wednesday March 3rd, 2021 at 11.00 am. A private committal will precede the service.

  1. Our deepest sympathy to Angela, Vanessa and family. Gwen was certainly a unique personality, we both benefited from her lessons in French and Italian and enjoyed coffee and chats frequently.
    She was a very generous lady and will be sadly missed.
    Wendy Hall and Peter Zala

    Wendy Hall March 2, 2021
  2. Our deepest sympathy to you all on the passing of your mum.
    Doris Guest and family Horsham

    Maree Liston March 2, 2021
  3. Gwen
    Teacher and friend.
    Generous imparter of wisdom and lessons learned from her own life experiences through times of happiness and adversity.
    Vale Gwen

    Annette Rowe February 28, 2021
  4. Gwendoline was patient and kind and supported me in learning French over a number of years. I am still persisting in daily french lessons and often reflect on the guidance, tolerance and passion that Gwendoline had for students, languages, culture and friendship.

    Leonie Crosbie February 28, 2021
  5. A former president, committee member and valued Life Member of Alliance Française de Ballarat. Her knowledge of France and the French language was highly valued by her colleagues and students over many years.
    ‘Nos sincères condoléances à la famille de Gwendoline à l’occasion du deuil.’
    Alliance Française de Ballarat

    Jan Leishman, President. February 27, 2021
  6. Dear Angela & Vanessa,
    Sending condolences at this sad time from the family of Val Hunt, who had many happy memories of growing up with Gwen & Katy at Callawadda.

    Maree McAllister February 27, 2021

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