Lucille H. Blake, 62, former executive secretary to Rep. Carl D. Perkins (D-Ky.), died Aug. 27 in Fargo, N.D. She had suffered a stroke last spring and moved to a nursing home in Fargo several weeks ago.
She joined Perkins after his election to the House in 1948, and retired because of poor health five years ago.
Perkins, who is chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, inserted a tribute to Miss Blake into the Congressional Record on Tuesday in which he described her as "typical of that hardworking, dedicated breed of congressional staff assistants without whom we couldn't function in our duties. They are unsung, but they are indispensable and they are appreciated."
Miss Blake was born in Green Isle, Minn. She grew up in Fargo and attended Interstate Business College there.
She came to Washington during World War II to serve on the staff of Sen. William Langer (R-N.D.) She then worked for four years on the staff of Rep. Charles Raymond Robertson (R-N.D.) before joining Perkins.
She is survived by three sisters, Evelyn Galvin, of Fargo, Margaret, of New Hope, Minn., and Dorothy O'Lavin, of Corpus Christi, Tex., and two brothers, James, of Chico, Calif., and John, of Moorhead, Minn.