Former Department of Human Resources employee Mable Blair recently passed away. She leaves behind warm memories and a rich legacy anchored by her devotion to God, her family and her countless friends. She was 85.

Born Mable Lee on Jan. 24, 1928, in New York City, she was the second child of Frederick and Mable, her namesake. She had an exceptionally close relationship with her siblings Mary (predeceased) and Frederick. Known for her sharp wit, Blair brought much laughter and joy into her childhood home.

In 1933, she began her formal education at Resurrection and went on to continue her studies at Commerce High School in Manhattan. Upon graduation, Blair began her working life at a machine parts factory in New Jersey. She eventually moved on to a career with the city of New York in the Department of Human Resources.

In 1951, Blair met and married James Earl Minor. The union produced two children, Diane and David. She eventually remarried John Blair in 1971, at the age of 43. The two remained in New York City until Mable Blair’s retirement in 1990. The couple then bought a home and relocated to Virginia Beach, Va. Mable and John Blair enjoyed a 30-year marriage until his death in 1997.

A devout Jehovah’s Witness for over 40 years, Mable Blair embodied the tenets of her faith through her unwavering compassion. Often opening up her home to family and friends in need, she could always be counted on for an understanding ear and gentle guidance.

When not reading scripture, Mable Blair could be found watching her treasured crime shows, including “Perry Mason,” “Matlock,” “Murder She Wrote” and most recently “Monk”; humming along to her favorite vocalists Celine Dion and Clay Aiken; and keeping up with current events through political programs like the Rev. Al Sharpton’s radio show.

Mable Blair leaves behind her daughter, Diane Minor; brother, Frederick Lee; her grandchildren, Nina Flowers, David Minor Jr. and his wife, Mimi, and Diamond Gonzalez; two aunts, Madeline and Bernice; a goddaughter and niece, Denise Lee; niece, Donna Lee; nephews, Eric Lee and Franklin Lee; as well as a host of grand-nieces and grand-nephews, many other relatives, friends and caring neighbors.