Obit: Elaine Bland


Elaine J. Bland, 85, of Durant, died on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Wilton Retirement Community.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bentley Funeral Home in Durant.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Grace United Church of Christ in Wilton.

Private interment will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Church of Christ in her memory.

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Elaine was born in Atalissa on Sept. 10, 1933 to James and Gladys (Sterett) Martin.

Elaine graduated from Wilton High School in 1950. She married Leslie D. Bland on Sept. 1, 1951 in Wilton. He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 2004.

She and Les were co-owners and operated the Cove Restaurant from 1966 to 1977.

Elaine was a member of Grace United Church of Christ in Wilton, the Durant Lioness and Purity Chapter of OES.

She enjoyed traveling, visiting all 50 states, playing cards and taking rides locally. She enjoyed baking.

Elaine is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Barb) Bland of Wilton and Scott (Stacie) Bland of Urbandale; two grandsons, Evan (Jenna) and Martin Bland; two granddaughters, Tracey Vargas and Beckey Schocker (Mark); five great-grandsons; sister Dana (Will) Bland of Urbandale; and brother Jack (Goldie) Martin of Durant.

She was preceded in death by her husband, granddaughter Laura Bland, grandson Aaron Bland, grandson-in-law Joseph Vargas, sister Yvonne Martin and brothers Maurice and Ronald Martin.