Brittany Erin Blake

Brittany Erin Blake, 25 of Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away Monday, April 27, 2015 at home. Visitation will be held 10:00-11:30 AM, Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church, 114 SE Douglas, Lee’s Summit, MO.  Memorial services will follow at 12:00 PM at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brittany’s Fund for Life for the benefit of her daughter Riley.  Make checks payable to: Brittany’s Fund for Life.

Brittany was born September 22, 1989 in Sedalia, Missouri.  She graduated in 2008 from Lee’s Summit West High School.  Brittany was preceded in death by: Papa Dale Montgomery and Grandma Bert Wiser. Survivors include: daughter, Riley; mother and step father, Tammy and Mike Andrus; father and step mother, Jim and Denise Blake; brother, Nate Andrus; sister, Taylor Blake; grandmother, Carolyn Montgomery; grandfather, Charlie Brandkamp; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Brittany will be remembered for her love of her daughter, Riley.  She loved shopping, movies and hanging out with her friends.  Brittany was known for her personal sense of style.  She fought bravely to have more time with her daughter. Throughout her long battle with cancer, she was able to make the best of some of the worst moments with her quirky humor and smile.

Visits: 5


  1. Phil & Sheri Kemp on April 29, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Tammy, Jim and family,
    Life is not always fair, but Brittany is now at peace and done with pain. We will lift your family up in our hearts and prayers. At least you have a little of her here with Riley.
    Phil, Sheri and Family.

  2. Katelyn Skillman on April 29, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I’m so grateful for my friendship with Brittany. More then that I will eternally be grateful for the example Brittany was. She was a wonderful mother. She was a genuine friend. And never once had I heard her complain about the hardship she was facing. Instead she humbly cared for others and continued to have a smile on her face. I will constantly remember that laugh of hers! Riley, your mama loved you so much. She adored you. Her legacy lives on with your life. You always will have her with you. Love you Tammy & Mike & family.

  3. Chris Chatman on April 29, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Im so sorry for your loss and your family will be in our prayers. Me and Nate are best friends and to see someone my bestrfiends loves so deeply leave the way she did hurts my heart but she is in a better place now.

  4. Mary Libby on April 29, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Tammy – My prayers go out for your family. Brittany was a beautiful, strong, and courageous young lady – a lot like her mother.
    With Love – Mary Libby

  5. Tom voll on April 29, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Mike, Tammy, Nate, and my little buddy Riley,

    Words don’t do justice to the pain. I will make sure my bag of mulch is gone so Brittany doesn’t fret over it in heaven. I loved our Romeo and Juliet talks and her colorfully blunt way of putting things. I love you all and don’t forget to tell each other that every f—ing day

    I will miss her

    Tom Voll

  6. Jackie on April 29, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Mike and Tammy I just realized in you sending me that obituary that Brittany and I actually didn’t really have a relationship till we shared the road of cancer. In all that pain I gained a wonderful friend and got to know and love her so much.
    So I guess that god blessed me with that.
    Love to you all.

  7. Cathy Belker on April 29, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Tammy & Mike,
    I am sorry for your loss. Brittany is an Angel now. We are so blessed to be able to take care of your granddaughter Riley throughout the day, we will do our best to give her all the love and comfort she needs. Prayers to you both and the family.
    Cathy Belker

  8. Kim Gibson on April 29, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Its hard to put into words how sad I feel for your loss. I won’t begin to try. My thoughts on Brittany for the short time I knew her, Sassy, Sweet, Stubborn, Mad, Scared, Accepting, Caring, Loving. I’m angry she had to leave so early. Its part of this job as an oncology nurse that saddens me deeply. I know she is at peace. I will always remember her. Riley your momma will always love you. She’s your angel now.

  9. Kellie Alexander on April 30, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Brittany touched so many lives! Both of my daughters, Sarah Prindle and Grace Rogers, had the chance to know her and be involved in these last few years. We will forever treasure those opportunities. We will keep you all in our prayers.

  10. Cindy Roberts on April 30, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Jim, Denise, Riley and Taylor we are holding you and Brittany’s entire family in prayer as you mourn your beautiful girl. Her pain is gone and she is having a “dance party” with joy and greatfulness in her heart. You have LOTS of friends who will help you now and long into the future.

  11. Aunt Pam Hockaday on April 30, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I loved you dearly my sweet Britt. You endured so much in your short life. I am so happy you are with the Lord,and able to smile your sweet smile again.You will be in my heart always.Your Sweet baby Riley will be nurtured by friends and family that loved you deeply. Till we meet again Angel,just know that you will always be missed. Love you

  12. Jana Cason on April 30, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know Brittany fought a very hard battle. My thoughts are with all of you at this very difficult time.

  13. Aliza Bloom Robinson on April 30, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Holding you all in our hearts and prayers during this time. Seeing Brittany freed in body, mind and Spirit. Much love! Aliza and Rob

  14. David and Vickie Taylor on April 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Tammy and Mike

    Although we never met Brittney we know what a very special woman she was. It came through in the way you talked about her. Brittney’s life was cut short but she was blessed to have such loving parents in her life as much as you were blessed to have her in yours.

  15. Kathy Baldwin-Heitman on April 30, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    On behalf of the Kansas City Academy community, we offer our condolences. We have only recently had the privilege of getting to know Taylor as a student at our school and did not have the opportunity to meet Brittany. We will keep all of the family in our thoughts and prayers, and wish you peace.

    Kathy Baldwin-Heitman,
    Principal & Head of School – Kansas City Academy

  16. Melanie French on April 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Mike, Tammy, Nate and Carolyn:
    Words are never enough to convey our truest, deepest emotions at a time like this. We’ve watched Brittany transform through the years from a teenager, to a cancer patient, to a mother, and now to an angel. She did each with a style unique and true to herself. She always did things in her way, in her time…..something we all should strive for. We are blessed to have known her and to have been there to watch her courageousness in tackling all that life presented her with. I hope you are comforted in knowing that we are all better people by having known your strong, passionate, determined, uncompromising, beautiful daughter! Greg, Melanie, Kyle and Ally

  17. Michele Deeter on April 30, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I have never met a stronger woman than Brittany. She was a fighter with a beautiful smile and she made a joke out of anything and everything. Of course I admire her amazing sense of style and her talent to record her life with her family in her scrapbooks. She had an amazing outlook in the toughest of situations. She will always be one of my hero’s. She was a wonderful mom, daughter, sister and person. All my love to her family. Riley…. your Mom is a hero! I know that you are and will be very proud of her. She was a legacy to be loved, cherished and remembered.

  18. Tammy Poirier on April 30, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    May God wrap his arms around you all at this very difficult time in your life. I will never forget that little girl with the huge smile. Britt was such a fighter and went through so much in her short time here on earth with us, but she is now making a beautiful angel, and is no longer in pain. Riley is a very lucky little girl to have such a strong family to stand by her and give her a life that her beautiful Momma so wanted for her. I will continue to pray for peace & strength for you all.

  19. Dorothy Austin on April 30, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Tammy, what a GREAT mom & caregiver you were…
    Thank you for having Ami share In Britts care. I am so very proud of both of you .
    Everyone learned so much from your selfless giving, Tammy.
    Your home & everyone in it helped give Britt the strength to fight to the end…& now Riley will continue to grow in all that love.
    Hugs from Texas to you, Tammy & Mike & Nate & precious Riley……

  20. Amy on April 30, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Mike, Tammy and family your are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so glad to have met Brittany and you all thru my mother. Please remember in the days ahead to continue being the crazy family that Brittany said she loved so much in her note on your refrigerator:)

  21. Vicki Dalinghaus on May 1, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Tammy, Mike, Nate, Riley, and family~

    I am thinking of you all at this difficult time. We enjoyed knowing Brittany and admired what a wonderful mother she was to Riley. She loved her with all of her heart and soul. She was truly an inspiration to us all, and I am glad she has found peace. We will continue to help you watch over Riley as we consider it a privilege to have your family as part of our school. You all mean so much to us, and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Vicki Dalinghaus

  22. Scott Family on May 2, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Mike,Tammy,Nate and Riley,

    The last several days I have prayed for the words to express in such a difficult time. We know how much Brittany meant to you! She was a beautiful young lady and a Blessing to all who knew her. You were so strong, loving and supportive of her and that made all the difference in the world. She fought a good fight and her work is now done here. The Lord has called her home to live in his Almighty Glory.
    No more pain, no more tears. Oh what a Blessing!

    We will continue to pray for your family’s healing. May God Bless You and Keep You! ~The Scott Family

  23. Cheryl Grimed on May 5, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I just heard of your great loss from my Mom. I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and your family in this hardest of times. I think of your Dad often and know that Brittany will be comforted by her Grandpa.

  24. Jay Morvay on May 6, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Brittany. Please know that you have friends in Georgia whose thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  25. Kizzy on May 7, 2015 at 11:21 am

    To tammy & riley,

    Tammy you have been an amazing mother! I admire how you have always gone to bat for Brittany while still allowing her to be her own person. We always enjoyed seeing you all in the office. Brittany was a great joy and her spirit will always live on. We will forever remember her! I’m so sure you will never let Riley forget her mom and how great she was. may God Keep on Blessing you and the family.

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