A private memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, June 22, at The Village Chapel, in Pinehurst. Tia will be buried at a later date next to her two brothers, Chris and Peter, in North Hatley, Quebec.
A graduate of Smith College, she was a writer, artist and singer. Her memoir about Saigon was published in the English magazine Granta in 2006. Her 10-minute comedy, co-authored with her mother, Joan Blake, was performed at the 2007 New York Cringe Festival.
Under the name of Tia Blake, she recorded an LP of American and Irish folk songs with the SFP label in Paris, where she sang once at the Vieux Colombier. Her recordings, photographs and original compositions are stored at the Southern Folk Life Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill.
Surviving are her mother, Joan Blake, of Pinehurst; her brother Parker Wallman, of Pinehurst, and daughter, Alexis Barker; sister and family, Joan and John Kuruc, Amanda and Christopher Kuruc, of Cary; sister and family, Chellie and Kevin Kew, Jeannette and Octavio Kew, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; her nephew Sebastian Gallup Wallman and her friend William Dunbar, of Ottawa, Ontario.
The family wishes to thank Susan Brassil, P.A., FirstHealth Hospice, and ManorCare of Pinehurst, for their caring and expert medical care.
Memorials may be made in Tia’s name to Maureen Horansky, of Animal Advocates of Moore County, 229 Ridgeline Road, Aberdeen, NC 28315; the Sandhills Food Bank, 195 Sandy Ave., Southern Pines, NC 28387; the Raleigh Chapter of the NAACP, P.O. Box 25427, Raleigh, NC 27611; or the FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28387.
Powell Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family. Online condolences at www.PinesFunerals.com.