In Loving Memory
Ivy Anne Bland, 95, died on June 11th at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Charlton St., Hamilton. Born in Dundry, England, Anne trained as a registered nurse with specialty training in TB care, midwifery and public health. She married her husband of 69 years, Henry John Bland, in 1947 and supported them as he completed his medical training. She then moved on to her real mission in life, being a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She moved to Canada in 1963 with her husband and five children and settled in (very) rural Nova Scotia. She embraced the challenge of making her own bread, driving 75 miles for groceries and Henry getting paid in lobsters, in the days before Medicare. A keen observer of life she was never the life of the party but could often be found “holding court” from her armchair with a steady stream of people coming to talk to her. Often describing herself as a gypsy, she moved house many times, including 8 times since she turned 75. Ever the pragmatist, during her last week of life Anne expressed her desire to die. When asked why, she explained that she believed she had been put on earth to help a certain number of people, she had done that and it was time to go and be with her lovely husband. Over the last week she talked to us extensively, had some moving moments with her daughters and several grandchildren and, once she was finished what she had to say, fell asleep and, died peacefully. She was a force to be reckoned with and her passing marks the end of an era for the family. She is survived by her three daughters, Patricia Bland, Nova Scotia; Rosemary Beaton (Fabian), Stoney Creek; Elizabeth Bland Macinnis (Paul), Kitchener and her son Geoffrey Bland (Brigitte Cutler), Illinois; ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry John, her son Martin Robert Bland, her daughter in law Hilda Bland (nee Roberts) and her son in law Doug Murray. A Memorial Service will be held at Seasons, 8 Shoreview Place, Stoney Creek on June 22nd at 11:00 a.m. with a reception following. In recognition of Anne’s intense dislike of dark colours, please wear bright colours to the memorial. If desired, donations in memory of Anne can be made to Diabetes Canada.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Ivy Anne Bland 2019..
Décès pour la Ville:Oakville, Province: Ontario