BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. ---- Pauline Ranard McDonald Bledsoe, 96, of Bentley Village, Naples, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004 just two days shy of her 97th birthday.
She had been a resident of Naples since 1979 and a winter resident since 1968, coming from New Castle. She was born Aug. 12, 1907 in Linton, a daughter of the late A.B. and Lena (Ranard) McDonald.
She graduated with a master's degree from Indiana University and taught high school English and history. After her marriage in 1937 to her hometown sweetheart, Pauline was awarded her Practical Nursing degree and assisted her husband in his medical practice in New Castle for 50 years until her retirement. She was a member of Palm River Country Club, the Eastern Star, the United Brethren Church and the Moorings Presbyterian Church. She also volunteered as a Pink Lady at North Collier Hospital and the Bargain Box for many years.
Survivors include: two daughters, Dr. Nancy Bledsoe and her husband Tom Werth of Naples, Fla. and Jane Bledsoe Young and her husband C.W. Young of St. George Island, Fla.; a brother Dr. Frank McDonald of New Castle; a granddaughter Brandy Bledsoe Illich of Boone, N.C.; and a great-granddaughter Jacqueline Rose Bledsoe Illich.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. J.G. Bledsoe, a son James Robert Bledsoe, and two sisters, Esta and Hildren McDonald.
A memorial service will be at Bentley Village at a later date.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Naples, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, Fla., 34150 or the Collier County Humane Society in her memory.
Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home, Bonita Springs, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.