Dorothy Henriette Vallon Bland Monrose passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the age of 88. She was born September 29, 1925, in New Orleans to Raoul James Vallon and Dorothy Creevy Clay Vallon. A graduate of Isidore Newman School, she attended Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University. Henriette worked as a real estate agent with Waguespack Pratt for 35 years, during which she was recognized many times as the leading residential producer. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Marcelle Vallon Martin and her husbands, Wilton Ellwood Bland, Jr., passing in 1965, and Peter Rene Monrose, who passed in 2011, after 20 years of marriage. Henriette is survived by her beloved sons, Wilton Ellwood Bland III and his wife Julia Webb Bland, Clay Vallon Bland and his wife Shannon Pierson Bland, and David Sinnott Bland and his wife Andrea St. Paul Bland; and by 11 grandchildren: Wilton Ellwood Bland IV, and his wife Dr. Kim Sanford Bland, Robert Webb Bland, John Jennings Clay Bland, Clay Vallon Bland, Jr., Laura Anne Bland McLean and her husband Lee McLean, Andrew Rowen Bland, Lyden Henriette Bland, James Sinnott Bland, David Sinnott Bland, Jr., Rachel St. Paul Bland, and James Ellwood Butterfield Bland. She is also survived by numerous other loving family and friends. As a debutante, Mrs. Monrose appeared as a Maid in the Courts of the Atlanteans and Momus, and in 1947, reigned as Queen of the Twelfth Night Revelers, and later that year, she reigned as the Queen of Carnival, alongside of Mr. George G. Westfeldt, as Rex. Mrs. Monrose was a devoted lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Church and a member of the Intercessory Prayer Group for many years. She was a sustaining member of the Junior League of New Orleans, past President of the Garden Club of the Junior League, a member of the New Orleans Country Club, and Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She worked hard in her profession and adored life. She was a loyal friend to many, strong and smart. She was upbeat and fun to be with and loved to laugh, dance, feed the ducks in Audubon Park, listen to music and dine at her favorite New Orleans restaurants. She was an original season ticket holder of the New Orleans Saints and an avid fan. She was special and well loved. A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013, with inurnment to follow in the Trinity Memorial Garden. A Memorial Visitation will be held at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. The family would like to express our sincere thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses at Ochsner Baptist Hospital. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Trinity Episcopal Church. To sign and view the Family Guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Nov. 16 to Nov. 23, 2013