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Died Jan. 9, 2010

VANCEBORO -- Mrs. Helen Coward Gaskins Bland, 90, died Saturday Jan. 9, 2010.

The funeral service will be conducted on Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Epworth United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Bland, a native of Beaufort County, lived most of her life in Craven County. She was employed with Cannon Variety Store for 20 years. She was a member of the Vanceboro Fireman Auxiliary, Epworth United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women's Choir.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clyde R. Gaskins; her second husband, G.S. "Pug" Bland; and a stepson, Jackie Bland.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy Gaskins Moore and husband, Jimmy, of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Robert Earl Lane and wife, Holly, of Hendersonville, and Richard K. Lane and wife, Heather, of Wilmington; three great-grandchildren, Patrick, William, and Gavin Lane; stepson, John Bland, of Mass., and Shade Bland and wife, Sharon, of Vanceboro; stepdaughter, Donna Gladson and husband, Greg, of Simpson; and stepdaughter-in-law, Sue Bland, of Greenville.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service in the church fellowship hall.

Memorials may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church, c/o Faye Ormond, 3150 NC Hwy. 118, Vanceboro, NC 28586.


Published in Obituaries on January 10, 2010 1:01 PM