Irene Lankford Bland

January 22, 1933 - August 22, 2006

Obituary For Irene Lankford Bland Mrs. Irene L. Bland, 73, of Plano, Texas passed away August 22, 2006 in Gunter. She was born January 22, 1933, in Franklin, Virginia to Samuel W. and Clara (Cotton) Lankford. On October 21, 1956 she married Benjamin Price Bland in Franklin, Virginia. Irene had a love of literature and poetry. She instilled the desire to learn in her children. Irene fought the good fight with great courage and dignity. Though she will be missed greatly, her family finds comfort knowing that she is with her heavenly father and many loved ones who went before her. She is survived by her son David and his wife Denise of Prosper, TX; daughters Melissa Lane and her husband Larry of Plano and Sally Jekel and her husband Cye of Dallas; grandchildren Jackson Bland, Tricia Toombs, Stephanie and Stephen Lane, and Brian, Joey and Michael Jekel; twin sister Iris Woods of Charlotte, NC; brother Aubrey Lankford of Franklin, Virginia; and numerous nieces, nephews and other loving relatives. Preceding her in death were her husband Benjamin and seven brothers and sisters. Memorials may be made to Hilltop Haven Nursing Home, PO Box 39, Gunter, Texas 75058, Attn: Linda Turner Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 26, 2006, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with Dr. Blair Monie officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Friday, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit

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I worked with Irene in the mid '50s at Vaughan & Co.(Bank). We enjoyed her wit and she was alway smiling. I have thought of her thru the years, having lost contact I wondered what she was doing and about her family. I am sure you have many wonderful memories to comfort you at this time. God Bless! Elizabeth Bradshaw Perry, September 8, 2006 We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Our thoughts are with you. Glenn and Charlene Kennedy Glenn and Charlene Kennedy, August 25, 2006 Melissa, remembering and thinking of you, Sally and your Mom and Dad. I am sorry to hear about your loss, and I wanted to send my condolences. Cindy Anderson Cindy L Anderson, August 25, 2006 David and Denise, We extend our condolences to you and your family for the loss of your Mother. Tom and Helen Bolen, August 24, 2006