Patricia Louise Maack Bland passed away on November 21, 2019, after valiantly enduring multiple myeloma. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 6, 1928, to Myrtle Hughes and Theodore Maack. She married Robert C. Bland on September 15, 1947. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.
Pat Graduated from East High School at 16. She studied at the University of Utah and was a member of Phi Mu.
Pat was an active life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving faithfully in many positions, including serving as president of the Relief Society, Primary, and Young Women. She deeply loved the temple, attending regularly, as well as helping others to attend. Pat served a full-time proselytizing mission at age 79 in the Canada, Vancouver Mission.
Pat appreciated and enjoyed music. She spent much of her childhood developing her talent as a pianist and loved both playing and teaching the piano throughout her life. She was an avid reader. Pat was a “stickler” for correct grammar, delighting in words games, and was a consummate Scrabble player (as shown by owning dozens of dictionaries). She enjoyed playing solitaire and was an accomplished bridge player. Pat appreciated and loved all living things. She treasured her time outdoors and spent many hours tending her garden, always sharing her bounty with others.
Pat was very interested in all that was going on in the world and kept up-to-date with all political and community matters. She was an active participant in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
She loved her friends and family with all her heart. The way she lived daily showed that love. Pat adored her grandchildren, and developed a special relationship with each and every one of them. Later in life, Mother’s Day became her favorite holiday because she would gather her entire posterity at her home.
Pat was a beautiful and classy woman with a very gentle and wise demeanor. Her concern was always more for others than for herself. Pat will be sorely missed by all that knew her.
We wish to express a special thanks to all the kind in-home caregivers and Intermountain Hospice.
She is survived by her children: Cindy Thorell (Alan), Anita Dean (Leslie), Roberta Wright (Taylor), Roger Bland (Shawna), Paula Chapman Thomas (Allan); 22 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and sister Joan Drage.
Preceded in death by her husband, Robert; grandson, Shawn Eric Thorell; and granddaughter, Kristin Ann Wright Wester.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the Crystal Heights 1st Ward, 1970 East Stratford Ave (2560 South). Friends and family are invited to visit Monday evening 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, and at the Church Tuesday morning 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at the Spanish Fork City Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
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