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Shirley Bland 1937-2021

Shirley Bland, 83, peacefully passed from this world on Tuesday, April 7, 2021 at Prairie Creek Village in Decatur, Illinois with family lovingly at her side. A private family service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in her memory would be appreciated.

Shirley was born in Danville, Illinois, in May of 1937 to Martin and Effie George Cadle, where she grew up as part of a large family. Her parents and all siblings proceeded her in death. In 2018, she tragically lost her eldest son Michael (Judy Trusner) and never overcame that sorrow.

Shirley loved a wide genre of music and listened to it daily. Her other hobbies included working crossword puzzles, reading, and gardening. Shirley learned early on the integrity of a hard day’s work. This was the foundation for the strong work ethic that carried her through all aspects of her life. She was a homemaker during the early years of her children’s lives. She then became employed by Taylor Pharmaceuticals as a quality control laboratory technician and worked there for over 25 years until her retirement in 2000.

She was married to Robert E. Bland in Danville, Illinois in February of 1955. Together they shared three children. Surviving to mourn her loss are her two remaining children: daughter Nancy Jo Scott Machlan (Michael) and son Robert Daniel Bland; her grandchildren, Tarah McClain (Anthony), Joren Scott (Samantha), Jared Scott (Mary Elizabeth), Robert D. Bland (Emily), and Maranda Bland. She was great-grandmother to a total of nine grandchildren.

The family of Shirley Bland would like to thank Safe Haven Hospice and all staff of Prairie Creek Village for the care they gave their mother during the last years of her life, which was even more challenging during the Covid -19 Pandemic. Extended gratitude to nurses Martha and Gwen, nursing assistant Sandy, and activity coordinator Karen for your ongoing empathy and compassion. You all made her passage much easier and for that we will be forever grateful.

We love you Mother, ‘til we meet again…  “So also, you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”  (John 16:22)

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