Rosanna Blais
1954 - 2020
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BLAIS, Rosanna Rosanna Ramona Blais of Plano, Texas passed away on November 2, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 65. She was born on December 20, 1954 to Leo W. and Maria Rosa (Hernandez) Eastham in Odessa, Texas. Rosanna graduated from Balboa High School in Canal Zone, Panama, after which she attended Stephen F. Austin University beginning in 1975. It was at Stephen F. Austin where Rosanna met and eventually married the love of her life, Jerry Blais on July 15, 1977. Shortly after marriage, she began her career at Texas Credit Union League before becoming a stay at home mom after the birth of her first child. In the late nineties, after raising two beautiful children, she returned to the work force, taking a position at Emler Swim School (Plano), where she dedicated 21 years working with her "second family". A devoted wife, loving mother, doting Aunt, and friend to countless others, Rosanna could occasionally be honest to a fault, but it was this honesty that people gravitated to and truly made her unforgettable. The birth of her first granddaughter in January 2019 brought her great joy and continued to put a smile on her face in her final days. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Blais; daughter Rachel Blais, son Erik Blais and wife, Bree Blais, granddaughter, Bebe Blais; sister, Carmen C. Kelleher and husband, Maurice; brother Leo W. Eastham, Jr.; nephew, Mickey Kelleher; nephew and Godson, William Kelleher; niece, Carmen Christina Korte and husband, Russell; nephews, Phillip T. Blais and Jason Lambertson; and various other family known as the Flying B Ranch Thanksgiving Gang. Rosanna was preceded in death by her parents. Adhering to CDC directives, a private memorial service, limited to close friends and family, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 19, 2020, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas. For those not in attendance, the service will be live-streamed at TJMfuneral.com accessible on Rosanna's obituary page by clicking on the following link: Celebrationoflife.tv. After the service, the recorded live stream will be available for viewing at the same link location. The family requests donations be made to T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center in honor of Rosanna Blais, by calling (972) 239-5300.




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Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 15, 2020.
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November 21, 2020
I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.
Maria Sullivan
November 19, 2020
We received the news of the passing of Rose with shock and grief. May God give you and your family strength as you mourn her death, and may he give you the courage to face the days ahead without her. My wife, kids and I have you in our prayers.
Gina and Derek Lynn
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