Laurie Sue Erichsen-Blake, 54, of Des Moines, IA, died on December 14, 2022.
She was the youngest of five children to her parents Floyd and Allene Erichsen of Urbandale, IA.
She graduated from Urbandale HS in 1986. Worked at Greyhound, EMCO, & Armstrong Cabinets, and most recently pursued studies in elder care, graduating with an Associates Degree.
Laurie was fascinated with the various expressions of spirituality. She loved nature and animals. She was an advocate for peace and justice.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Allene Erichsen. Laurie is survived by her husband James Blake of Des Moines, son Kristofer (Courtney) Erichsen of Ankeny, IA. Siblings Sharon (Bill) Schaffer, Cindy (Van) Taylor, Sandra Perkins and Randy Erichsen all of Des Moines. Her two grandchildren, Gavin and Raevynn. Her many nieces and nephews, whom she loved as her own.
Her wishes were to be cremated. An open celebration of life memorial gathering will be held at a later date.
Because Laurie was an avid animal lover, donations may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.