Carolyn Johnson Blake

Profile Updated: April 21, 2018
Residing In: Aurora, CO USA
Occupation: Blissfully retired!
Children: Mark, born 1968
Matthew, born 1971
David, born 1974
Daniel, born 1979
Tobias, foster More…son, born 1974, died, 2002
Grandchildren Tobias, Lily Rose
Spritual daughter Yan Jing, Shanghai China, born 1991
Foster son Ionut Dediu, Barlad, Romania, born 1987
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I am home from Barlad, Romania now. I loved it there and were it not for the impossible visa requirements, I would have stayed. I am now home in the good ol' USA, living in Aurora, CO. I taught conversational English to children while in Romania, and I had a rich life there. I raised a big family and went through several huge life changes. Got a Magna Cum Laude degree in Anthropology, joined Mensa, did a lot of grad work, have several grandchildren. Worked in petrochemical engineering in Houston for a long time. My son David is a musician and famous tattoo artist in Aurora CO. I had an adopted son who died of cancer. I have a spiritual daughter Yan Jing who lived with us in 2006/7 as a high school exchange student, now in college in Beijing. I have lived in Romania, Turkey, Moldova, Portugal, Morocco, South Carolina, Florida, California, New Mexico, Michigan, Minnesota, and now in Aurora, CO. I spent a lot of time in Austin and did the hippie thing full out. I am a recently converted Catholic, and in addition, I have an East Indian spiritual teacher, and lived on a few communes in the 60's...pretty crazy! I spent an extended stay in India with my Teacher in 1981. Stayed close with music all my life and still go to rock concerts. I sport a tattoo from my son Evildave...who is not evil at all! I moved to Eastern Romania in 2007, came back, then went back in 2009, to be sole family to 2 boys who lost everything in 2006.
I spent a year in a seaside village in Turkey with English friends, while I worked with getting a long term Romanian visa. Sadly I was only able to stay there 7 years, but long enough to get my RO son raised up.

School Story:

Music was my school life, played the cello in orchestra all the way through at Black Jr. High and Waltrip,and the herald trumpet in the Imperial Guard. I mostly remember all those wonderful experiences playing and hanging out with the other musicians (I recently acquired a cello and I am working on recovering my skills).
I remember the day Kennedy was killed..I was in study hour in the library when the shocking news came. I had played cello with our Waltrip orchestra - Hail To The Chief - for him the night before when he spoke at the Coliseum, the last time he heard it in his life.

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Dianne, I am thrilled to see you. Please look for a message from me. I replied to yours to me.

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Oct 26, 2017 at 11:33 AM

Thank you Carrol for posting these wonderful photos of Robby. It's obvious from all the loving and smiling faces that he was loved and will be missed. Carolyn

Oct 08, 2017 at 11:35 PM

Hi William, this is a stunning coincidence. Last month I visited a close friend in WV and Robert Johnson came to my mind. I talked her of my memories of Robert. We dated for awhile and he took me up in a plane several times when he went sky diving. I recall how he told me his dream was to be a paratrooper in the army. A week before you posted about our lost VietNam casualty classmates. she visited the Viet Nam War Memorial in Washington and sent me a photo of his name on the wall, and a rubbing. She called me from the memorial as she was standing by his name and read me his record and we both shed tears for him, 50 plus years laster. I will post photos of his record and the rubbing when it arrives next week. Who can say why Robert came to my my mind, and yours, independently and at the same time? I will certainly add his name to my list for those to be remembered in prayer on the up coming All Souls Day. Thank you for doing this work for our lost friends.

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Posted on: Feb 07, 2017 at 1:35 PM

With deep sadness I report that our friend and classmate Jack Bevil is very ill and expected to pass soon. You may read up on his situation at his Facebook page, where his son is keeping us updated. I met Jack in 7th grade in Black Jr. High orchestra classes, and we retained that association throughout all the rest of our school years. We reconnected several years ago. He grew up to have a wonderful life that he loved, with a loving family, and a distinguished career. Please pray for Jack and his family.

Sep 02, 2016 at 9:27 PM

Hi Candy, I hope you had a very fun birthday!

Aug 20, 2016 at 2:13 PM

Happy Birthday Steve. How could we have ever really known we would get to this age? But here we are, the new elders. Have a great day!

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Happy Birthday Ingrid. I hope you have a very special day.

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Chip! I was so happy to see your photo in those posted by our classmates at the reunion. I have thought of you often over the years and wished you well.

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Posted on: Jun 18, 2015 at 12:47 AM

Hello Sue, it's very good to read your update. I am so sorry you lost Edward. I will not be attending the reunion, but I look forward to everyone's photos and stories.

Jun 17, 2015 at 4:48 AM

Hello all, I will not be attending the reunion. I will be there in spirit, and eagerly awaiting photos and reports!

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Apr 17, 2015 at 7:33 AM

I am so saddened to hear of David's passing. I didn't know him well, but he was a classmate, remembered fondly and he will be missed. Loving condolences to David's famil.

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Taken with my webcam a couple of weeks ago. I was talking with my son Dave on Skype and he was, as usual, making me laugh, so I kept it and use it as my avatar on all my websites.
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John and Dan, my spiritual sons here in Romania
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My 3rd son David, aka Evildave, owner of Incision Ink in AZ...tattoo artist extraordinaire and shredder of guitars, and one of the greatest humans to ever stride the Earth.
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Yan Jing at a park near our house in Duluth, 2007
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John and me on the boat I am living on for awhile, the Shangri-La
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Looking down from the fort above Selimiye
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From the fort
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Turkish flag flying, coming into dock at Selimiye
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From the shore in Selimiye
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Taken by John, walking around Selimiye