Phyllis Blake

11 February 1927–9 May 2012 (Age 85)
Tucson, Pima, Arizona, United States

The Life of Phyllis

When Phyllis Blake was born on 11 February 1927, in Tucson, Pima, Arizona, United States, her father, Benjamin Blake, was 36 and her mother, Laura Jane Anderson, was 32. She married Marvin Ernest Larson on 5 June 1947, in Mesa Arizona Temple, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She died on 9 May 2012, in her hometown, at the age of 85, and was buried in Arizona Pioneers Home Cemetery, Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, United States.

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Family Time Line

Marvin Ernest Larson
Phyllis Blake
Marriage: 5 June 1947
Phillip Tilford Larson

Spouse and Children

5 June 1947
Mesa Arizona Temple, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States


Parents and Siblings




    Benton LaRay Blake


World Events (8)


Age 2

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Age 4

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

Age 23

United States military forces play a leading role against North Korean and Chinese troops in Korean War.

Name Meaning

1 English: variant of Black 1, meaning ‘swarthy’ or ‘dark-haired’, from a byform of the Old English adjective blæc, blac ‘black’, with change of vowel length.2 English: nickname from Old English blāc ‘wan’, ‘pale’, ‘white’, ‘fair’. In Middle English the two words blac and blāc, with opposite meanings, fell together as Middle English blake. In the absence of independent evidence as to whether the person referred to was dark or fair, it is now impossible to tell which sense was originally meant.3 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bláthmhaic ‘descendant of Bláthmhac’, a personal name from bláth ‘flower’, ‘blossom’, ‘fame’, ‘prosperity’ + mac ‘son’. In some instances, however, the Irish name is derived from Old English blæc ‘dark’, ‘swarthy’, as in 1 above. Many bearers are descended from Richard Caddell, nicknamed le blac, sheriff of Connacht in the early 14th century. The English name has been Gaelicized de Bláca.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

Letter to My Aunt Beth

January 8. 2012 Nearly 65 years ago I drove from Tucson to the Gila Valley to make the final fitting on my wedding dress. After the fitting, Mother and I visited Aunt Beth Anderson. We were welcomed …

Sources (3)

  • Phyllis Blake in household of Benj Blake, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Phyllis Blake in household of Benjaman Blake, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Phyllis Blake, "Arizona, Birth Certificates and Indexes, 1855-1930"

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