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

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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Mar 17, 2021 at 1:48 PM

Well, darn...such sad news. What an amazing life he had. Our world was definitely a better place due to his presence. To his family, I am so sorry and I know you miss him terribly.

love to you all,


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May 13, 2020 at 3:33 PM

To Eileen's family I am so sorry to hear the sad news about your loss of your beloved Eileen. I remember her as kind and smart and very friendly to her fellow students. My heart goes out to all of you, and her friends, and I pray for you to have strength through this difficult time. I read that she was a writer of Christian fiction and I plan to search out her books. Love, Carolyn

Apr 12, 2020 at 3:33 PM

Jack, I am so sorry for your loss. I have not seen Sandy since high school, but I remember her well as a sparking light, beautiful and kind. God bless you and your family.



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Apr 12, 2020 at 3:33 PM

Robert, and all your family, I am so sorry for your loss and I know you miss her terribly. I didn't know her well in school but I do remember she was very much liked by her classmates, and so well thought of. I am glad you and she have had your faith to see you through this great transition. God bless you all.


Feb 27, 2020 at 11:58 AM

Happy Birthday John. I hope you are well and happy.

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Posted on: Jan 30, 2020 at 11:23 PM

Dearest Jan, I know there is nothing I or anyone can say to ease the depth your grief, but do know that I am deeply sorrowed by your loss of Brian. God bless you and your family.

Sep 01, 2019 at 4:02 PM

Happy Birthday Candy. I remember you well. We were in classes together at Oak Forest. Have a great weekend!

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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: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:19 PM
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 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