Our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 6:24 p.m. surrounded by her family. She was a lifelong resident of Washington County. She lived in the St. Rose/Cissellville area until 1956 when she moved, with her family, to the Lincoln Park Road area of the county. In 1989, she and her husband moved to Springfield. In the fall of 2011, she moved back to a residence built on her "little farm" off Lincoln Park Road, where she remained until her death.
Clara Mae Hill Blandford was born on June 20, 1915, to Mary Bertha Badgett Hill and Leo Bertrand Hill. She was a devout Catholic and member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Springfield. She graduated from St. Catharine Academy in 1937. In 1939, she married Patrick Walsh Blandford on Valentine's Day. He preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 2002. She was a kind and loving, fiery, determined lady with a will to live, like no other. She touched uncountable lives in her 98 years. Her family was her life. She was an avid quilter, which was her second love. She was featured as The Quilting Queen in the July 3, 2013 edition of The Springfield Sun.
She buried three of her children, two sons, Ronnie on Aug. 31, 1993, Bootsie on March 7, 1996, and one daughter, Dolly Baker on April 26, 2009. She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, George Baker on March 25, 2010, and five sisters, Bertie Lee Hill, Benita Nally, Hazel Thompson, Emily Osborn and Ethel Kenipp.
She is survived by two sons, Kenny and Ralph (Marie) Blandford, one daughter, Barbara (Larry) Osbourne and a sister, Lucille (Reco) Bishop, all of Springfield. She had 20 grandchildren, Brian, Michael, Lynn, Joe, Christina, Brandi, Tony, Amber, JP, Kurt and Emily Blandford, Patrice Zycowhicz; Kelly Baker, Barbara Kersey, Jennifer Hughes, Samantha Morgan, Georgia Settles, Felicia Rogers, Jason and Alicia Osbourne. She is survived by 31 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren and numerous grandsons and granddaughters-in-law. She is also survived by her loving caregiver Donna Sutton, of Mackville.
Visitation was at Hale-Polin-Robinson Funeral Home in Springfield on Wednesday, March 5 beginning at 4 p.m. Prayer services were held by Fr. Pepper at 7:30 p.m. Her funeral mass was held at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. She was laid to rest beside her husband and oldest son in St. Rose Cemetery in Springfield.
Granddaughters, Jennifer Hughes and Emily Blandford served as the lectors and Brandi Blandford and Georgia Settles as gift bearers. Her special friends, Sandy Warner and Joyce Boone, were Eucharistic Ministers. The "Four Warner Boys," Johnathon, Daniel, Evan and Patrick, were the servers at her Mass of Christian Burial.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Brian, JP and Kurt Blandford, Jason Osbourne and great grandsons Mikie Barr, Stetson Settles and Dylan Brown. Honorary pallbearers were the remaining grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Hale-Polin-Robinson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.