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Lorraine Bolen Bland
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Birth: Apr. 1, 1910
Mount Vernon
Jefferson County
Illinois, USA
Death: Sep. 2, 2005
Harris County
Texas, USA

LORRAINE BOLEN BLAND passed away on Friday, the 2nd of September 2005. Born in Mt. Vernon, IL on the 1st of April 1910, Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband William, a local Cadillac dealer for over 50 years; by her parents, Sarah Lively and Wm. Bailey Bolen; and by her four brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her son Neil Bland and wife Judy, and daughter Diana Linder and husband Robert. She also leaves behind grandchildren Janet, Susan and Bill Bland, Anne and Richard Curran, Chris Linder and their families. Lorraine and her husband Bill came to Texas in the early 30's, and devoted much effort over the years to fund-raising for diverse cultural projects benefiting Houston. Lorraine's civic involvement included Houston Grand Opera (in 1955, the founder and original President of the Opera Guild), Volunteers of America (since 1939), St. John the Divine Church, English Speaking Union, Baylor 10, Museum of Fine Arts (early Trustee and Vice President), Houston Friends of the Byzantine Institute, All-City Symphony, Houston Youth Symphony and Ballet, Consular Corps Ball, Houston Symphony Society, Alley Theatre, Houston Ballet, University of Houston Moores School of Music, Metropolitan Opera National Council, American Cancer League, Heritage Society, Negro Child Center, Community Council, Institute of Hispanic Culture, DAR, Jefferson Davis Hospital, Pin Oaks Charity Horse Show, Rice University Shepherd School of Music and Northwood Institute (and honored by them in 1985 and 1996 for her years of volunteerism). During WWII, she sold war bonds, volunteered for the USO snack bar, and raised funds for indigent polio victims for Hedgecroft Hospital. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in the evening on Tuesday, the 6th of September, in the Library of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. A 1928 BCP Episcopal committal service will be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 7th of September, in the mausoleum chapel of Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway in Houston. Entombment will immediately follow. In lieu of usual remembrances, the family suggests memorials be directed to any of Houston's many deserving arts, health research, or civic organizations to honor her memory; or, at this particular time, certainly to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. For those desiring, cards or other written expressions may be sent to the Bland Family in care of P.O. Box 5858, Kingwood, TX, 77325-5858.

Memorial Oaks Cemetery
Harris County
Texas, USA
Created by: Tammy Jones-Ashley
Record added: Sep 06, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11692931
Lorraine <i>Bolen</i> Bland
Added by: Tammy Jones-Ashley
Lorraine <i>Bolen</i> Bland
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