Helen Esther Bland, 88, of Marshalltown, Iowa, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at Southridge Nursing and Rehab Center while in the care of her loving family and Iowa River Hospice.
She was born on June 13, 1920, in Worthington, the daughter of Roscoe and Ivy Boltz.
She attended school in the Bloomfield. On Sept. 9, 1935, she married Omer Bland in Newton, Illinois. Helen was a homemaker. The couple lived in Indiana their entire married lives. Helen moved to Marshalltown six years ago, living at Southridge for the last three years. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, doing yardwork, cats, and being outdoors.
Helen is survived by her son, James(Gloria) Bland of Marshalltown; her three grandchildren, Chris(Amy) Bland of Gladbrook, Polly Hupfeld of Eldora, and Angie(Rich) Fehrmann of Eldora; her four great-grandchildren, D.J. Fisher, Mikayla Fisher, Nikki Fehrmann, and Presley James Bland; and her sister, Jeannie Higer, of Brazil.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Omer, who died on January 23, 1983, at the age of 97; her brothers, Richard and Dick; and her sister, Midge.
Helen's wishes were to be cremated and no funeral services be held.
Private family burial will be at a future date in Indiana. There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be directed to Helen's family. For condolences, please visit www.mitchellfh.com.