Edna Earnestine Bland

October 26, 1919 ‒ August 05, 2014

Marengo, Ohio

Earnestine Bland, 94, of Marengo, passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. She was born October 26, 1919, in Morrow County, to the late Clayton L. and Almeda Grace (Lee) Fisher.

Earnestine graduated from Mt. Gilead High School in 1939 and went on to marry the love of her life, Raymond Jay Bland, on October 12, 1940. A woman of strong faith, she was an active member of Marengo United Methodist Church where she served on many women’s organizations.

A good ole country girl, Earnestine was known for her lemon pies, and she enjoyed fishing, camping and watching birds and deer. In addition to being a member of Good Sam’s camping club and various women’s bowling leagues; she often went snowmobiling in Mio, Michigan with her family.

Earnestine was also an avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeye who rarely missed watching a football or basketball game, often jumping right up out of her chair in celebration.

She is survived by her son, Raymond (Virginia) Bland Jr. of Columbus; grandchildren: Bret Bland of Cardington; Brenda (Mike) Ucker of Pickerington; Cathy Noble of Chelsea, MI; Rick (Misty) Noble of Chelsea, MI; 9 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; brother, Leroy Fisher of Marengo; sisters, Evelyn Young of Ashley; Joan McCarty of Marengo; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond J. Bland Sr.; daughter, Sandra Lee Noble; grandson, Bart Bland; and sisters, Elizabeth Holloway, Maxine Hubbard, Dorothy Davis, Gladys Mayer and Martha McPeek.

The family will receive friends 2 – 4 & 6-8 pm Friday, August 8, 2014 at Marengo United Methodist Church, 8 N. Main Street, Marengo and again from 10-11 am Saturday. Funeral service will be 11:00 am Saturday, August 9, 2014 with Rev. Dr. Jan Sprague officiating. Interment will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery, Mt. Gilead.

DeVore- Snyder Funeral Home, Marengo, is honored to serve the Bland family. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

  • It is with great sadness that I read about Earnestine. I loved that woman. We had many wonderful visits and every time I left she gave me a puzzle to two to take and do. Well she is in the arms of her Savior and her beloved Raymond and Sandra Lee.
    it was a privilege to be her pastor for 5 years. I will miss her smiling face.

  • Earnistine was a very special lady. Her grin could light up a room. I enjoyed greeting her and Joan on Sunday mornings when I was the youth and family ministry coordinator at Marengo UMC. She had the best stories. I will miss her very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!