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Dolores (Pat) Bland | PASSAGES
Dolores (Pat) Bland, loved and cherished by many, went to Heaven on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the age of 76.
Pat was born to the late James and Martha Hamm on Dec. 15, 1937 in Wapello, Iowa. She grew up in Metropolis, Ill. with her late brother Edward Hamm where she was a majorette in high school.
Shortly after graduation, she married Duane A. Bland on Sept. 4, 1955. They spent their early years in Findlay, Ohio before moving to Tulsa, Okla. Eventually, they made their home in Southern California and Poulsbo.
As an active member of her church, she was passionate about being a deacon along with her husband at Monte Vista Presbyterian Church. She generously volunteered her time to many organizations including Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Calif.
Her favorite activities included gardening, reading, spending time with her family and dog, Holly. She was an avid tennis player and enjoyed bridge tournaments where she and her husband were many time champions. Pat and her husband spent much of their time traveling the world.
Pat is survived by her loving husband Duane A. Bland; four children, Cheryl Goff, Douglas Bland, David Bland and Sheila DiFraia; eight grandchildren, Chelsea Skaggs, Lindsey Bland, Chanel Mickelsen, Selenne Bland, Tristan Bland, Nathan Bland, Jacob DiFraia and Joslyn DiFraia; and two great-grandchildren, Olin and Elich Skaggs.
Donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org, at http://pulmonaryfibrosis.donorpages.com/Tribute/PatBland or mailed to 230 East Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611 in the name of Pat Bland.
A memorial service was held April 19 at Monte Vista Presbyterian Church in Newbury Park, Calif.