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Sarah "Jean" Bland


Sarah “Jean” Delphine Bland (nee Watson) was born in Carberry Manitoba on April 12, 1933 and passed away peacefully at Lake of the Woods District Hospital on May 6th,  2022.  Gram was predeceased by her loving husband Emerson, her parents Jennie and Clarence, in-laws Earl and Lily, her sister Edith Irene, brother Bill, sisters-in-law June and Mavis, and brother-in-law Gerald, also nephews Wayne, Allan and great niece Nicole.  The greatest loss was her precious grandson Cody.

Gram leaves behind her children, Wes, Marlene “Chic”, Tom (Sandra), grandchildren, Aaron, Jeremy, Nathan (Natasha) and Brianna, and two wonderful great grandsons Kyler and Colby.  Also, sister-in-law Maxine and many nieces, nephews and treasured friends.

Gram was the first Honoured Royal Lady of the Royal Purple (Elks) lodge in Keewatin and continued for over 60 years.  Just last year she was surprised by a party in her honour for her life-time membership with all her lodge companions.  She treasured these friendships over the years and never lost touch.  She loved the get well cards she received from them while in Hospital and looked at them often.

Gram and Grampa were married in Neepawa Manitoba and moved to Flin Flon for a short period when Wesley was born.  They followed the work to the mills in Kenora and settled here.  They built a house on beach road in Keewatin and eventually moved to the country property on Inglis Lake. Gram & Grampa loved to travel and made many trips over the years to vacation and also visit family and friends.  They were married for 50 years and after Grampa passed away Gram moved into Benedickson Court.  She met many good friends there and loved her view of the lake. 

Gram worked for Lake of the Woods District Hospital for many years, in the Nursing Training Centre administration, the mail room and then in Admitting until she retired in 1985.  

The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful Nursing staff and Doctors of 3 East and especially 2 East during her extended stay.  Gram was treated with the best care and attention, even when they were short staffed.

There will be no formal funeral as per her wishes, and the family will have a private interment at a later date.

In Gram’s memory, a donation can be made to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society or the Charity of your choice. 


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