Marie Blake Nilsen, 93, of Hubert, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2019, at the Cottages of Swansboro.

A celebration of life service was Saturday at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Swansboro. Inurnment was Friday at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 22, 1925, in Philadelphia, Pa., a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Malone Blake.

She is survived by her sons, Paul Nilsen of Hubert and John Nilsen of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughters, Donna Vega of Orlando, Fla., Maureen Simmons of Alexandria, Va., and Ann Nilsen of Bloomington, Ind.; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Pat Campbell of New Jersey and Carol Pesci of Pennsylvania.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Andrew Nilsen; son, Michael Nilsen; two brothers; and seven sisters.

Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home of Swansboro. Online condolences may be made at

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