1992 Illinois Cherry Blossom Princess Barbara Blake of Peoria is shown at a party in her honor in the office of former society president Congressman Bob Michel. Barbara was the granddaughter of two former ISS presidents, Col. William Blake who was president from 1964 to 1965 and Mrs. Virginia Blake who was president from 1976 to 1977. After 60 years as a member of ISS, Mrs. Virginia Blake is still attending Illinois State Society events in the year 2012 at the age of 96. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1935. Barbara is now married with vhildren of her own and she lives in Iowa.