Obituary: Emma Bland

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Emma Bland

EMMA BLAND, a former post mistress, of Gainsborough Court, Cottesmore, died at Rutland Memorial Hospital, aged 91.

She was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Jack Garner and was educated at Brooke Primary School and Oakham Central School.

Her main interest was her family, and she enjoyed making crafts, playing whist and reading.

Widow of Ronald Bland, she leaves her sons Ivan, David and Bryan and daughter Barbara.

The Rev Diane Creasey officiated at the funeral service at Greetham Parish Church. Peter Hitchcox was organist.

Family mourners included: Ivan, Diana, David, Bryan, Shirley, Barbara, John, Lois, Simon, George, Catherine, Jonathan, Emma, Rob, Mark, Stuart, Karen, Guiseppe, Luciano, Julie, Terry, Chris, Katrina, Daniel, Amanda, Norman and Terry.

Sympathisers included: Pat Turner (representing David Turner), Tom and Hazel Slater, Pat Bashford, Marlene Dracup (Jack Dalby, Sandra Berridge and family), Barbara Godly (family, Easson family), Yvonne Smith (Gordon Smith, Colin and Bev Smith), Diane Burton (Robert Burton), Susan (Dave Shelley), Megan (Terry Dunkley), Pam Sharpe (Roger and Bob Talbot), Peggie Butcher (Chris, Thomas, Charlotte Cassidy), Pat Kenworthy and Chris Parkin (Greetham WI), Jessie Evison (Bett and Clarence Bell), Andrew Smith (Louise Smith, Butcher family, Viv Butcher), Malcolm and Margaret Croson, Peter and Clare Hitchcox (Timothy and Oliver), David Bland (Sheila Bland and family), Joan Tarrant (Chris Tarrant, John and Robert Creasey), Sally Cluley (Grahame Cluley, Frank, Hazel Hinch), Betty Walker, Margaret Townsend (Harry and Margaret Weston), Connie Dalby, Joyce Walker (Roy Walker, Mrs M Towl), Peter and Clare Hitchcox (Judith Chapman, Sellars family), Vic Woodward, Peter Townsend, Cath Stafford (Andrew, Joseph and Harvey), Pat Russon, Jenny Attiwell (Gainsborough Court), Bob Salmon (Felicity Salmon), Rose, Rob and Michelle Goringe, Janet and Tim Townsend.