Elizabeth Hannah Cochran Blake, age 100, of Front Royal, Virginia, died Monday, May 1, 2017.\r\n\r\nBorn October 31, 1916, at Marlinton, she was a daughter of the late Lincoln Seward and Emma Grace McNeil Cochran.\r\n\r\nFrom birth until age five, Elizabeth lived in Cass, where her father, Lincoln, served as Town Constable. The job entailed keeping order in a town regularly visited by loggers emerging from two months of isolation in remote forest camps. The family later moved to Marlinton, where Lincoln became Sheriff of Pocahontas County. At her father\u2019s urging, Elizabeth learned typing, allowing him to dictate to her the affidavits, warrants and subpoenas his work regularly required.\r\n\r\nAfter high school, Elizabeth worked for C. J. Richardson Hardware in Marlinton. Her next step took her to Washington, D.C., and life-long service as a federal employee. In her words, \u201cTwenty two days after the beginning of World War II, I left the highlands of Pocahontas County with one suitcase and journeyed to the browned-out nation\u2019s capital to do my bit for the war effort and the Federal Government.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhile working as a clerk\/typist, Elizabeth learned that if you wanted to \u201cgo overseas,\u201d you should seek out a certain office and person; she did exactly that. She served in the Office of Strategic Services in Kandy, Ceylon [Sri Lanka,] Calcutta, India, Shanghai, China, and Rangoon, Bruma [Myanmar.] Photos from that time depict a grinning young woman fully engaged in life, framed by Asian temples, lush scenery and attentive GIs.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lamont V. Blake; and a son, David M. Blake.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by the children of her brother, the late John McNeil Cochran, and members of the McCoy and McNeil family lines.\r\n\r\nInterment will be held in the Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton, Virginia.\r\n\r\nMemorials may be made to U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. 20002.