Margaret Tate Blake

Margaret Gwen Tate Blake

Monday, January 17th, 1927 - Sunday, April 11th, 2021
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Margaret Tate Blake, Ph.D, age 94, died on April 11, 2021, in Greeley, Colorado.
She was the only child of Joseph Clifford and Luella Tate. Her children are Richard D. Blake,
Denver, CO, Kara B. Blake, Greeley, CO, Debra Blake (Robert) Maso, Fort Collins, CO, Rick
(Carol) Jansen, Cheyenne WY, Stacy Jansen (Leo, deceased) Westendorf, Winner, SD, and
Scott (Mary) Jansen, Mitchell SD, deceased. Grandchildren are Ryan Blake, Robin Blake
Stathopulos, Lauren Maso, Brooke Martin, Molly Jansen Manchester, Tomy Jansen, Jonathan
Jansen, Chris Jansen, Tyson Westendorf and Danielle Westendorf. Margaret has 7 great‐
Dr. Blake graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oklahoma in 1947, where she
was a member of Alpha Xi Delta, Beta Gamma Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta, Mortar Board
and was listed in Who's Who In American Universities and Colleges.
Margaret's marriage to Duane L. Blake in 1945 ended in divorce. She married Charles H.
Jansen in 1986, who preceded her in death.
Margaret taught at Drake and Colorado State Universities before coming to the University of
Northern Colorado in 1968. She is professor emerita of the Department of Counseling
Psychology and was in private practice in Greeley for 25 years until shortly before her death.
She is past chair of Counseling Psychology, past president of Colorado‐Wyoming Counselor
Educators, past president of Colorado Division of Marriage and Family Therapists, was a
diplomate and served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Marriage
and Family Therapy. She accomplished licensure of marriage and family therapists in
Colorado in 1989. She was a diplomate of National Board of Vocational Experts, a member
of APA, APGA, ACES, NCFR, and was both a clinical member, fellow, and approved supervisor
for AAMFT.
Margaret taught in UNC's extended degree program for 20 years, chairing that program for 5
years and adviser for programs in Hawaii; Mt. Home, ID; Miami, FL; Tucson, AZ; and
Colorado Springs, CO. She initiated the emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, writing or
collaborating on all the course syllabi. Margaret taught more than 40 different courses and
chaired more than 50 doctoral committees. She was Teacher of the Year in 1983, and
recognized as Outstanding Contributor to Colorado Marriage and Family Therapy in 1986.
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Lia Softas

Posted at 12:01pm
Margaret was full of life. We were neighbors and came to find out I took her position when she retired from the University of Northern Colorado. Big shoes to fill. Made numerous contributions to the department that last to today. I will miss her. She was happy her daughter Kara lived with her the last few years. Condolences to the family.

Mardean Johnson

Posted at 12:10pm
Margaret was such a beautiful person, both inside and out. She was a constant presence in my life since the day we met 53 years ago. I have wonderful memories from our time together spent, boating, snorkeling, watching her beloved Broncos and sharing events in our lives. When I think of Margaret, I see her big beautiful smile that would light up the room and hear her laugh.
My heart is filled with gratitude to have called her my friend.

Kara Blake Posted at 11:04pm

I love this photo of Mom! It captures her larger-than-life personality. Thank you for posting. Where was it taken? Horsetooth?

Kara Blake

Posted at 11:30am
No words would ever been enough to express the love and attachment I have had with my mother during the last five years. I miss her terribly.

deb ledet Posted at 08:32pm

Kara, I'm Tena Stevenson's daughter, Debbie. My Mom told me about your Mom's passing. I'm so sorry. Even though it was many years ago, I always thought your Mom was just delightful & I admired her career passion. She was a dear friend to my Mom, as well. Thinking of you and your family.

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