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Helen Blood Stafford


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Helen Blood Stafford Obituary
October 25, 1921 - April 6, 2017 Helen Blood Stafford, 95, a longtime resident of the Montrose, Glendale area, passed away April 6, 2017 at the Salinas Valley Hospital in Monterey County, California. Helen was married to William H. (Bill) Blood and Thomas (Tom) Stafford, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her son Tom Blood (wife Kathy) of Huntington Beach, grandchildren April Rieff and Heather Blood; daughter Carol Blood Mogan (husband Michael) of Dana Point, grandchildren Cathleen Giovannini, Christa Balch and Caryn Torres; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Helen was a beloved kindergarten teacher with the Los Angeles city schools in the East Valley area for over 35 years and was very active in political and volunteer services in the Glendale area. She was born in Bakersfield, California, in 1921. She will be greatly missed by her family, neighbors, friends, co-workers, and caregivers, and was a wonderful, loving, and giving person. This is a poem composed by her good friend's (Bea McAlexander-Reynolds) husband, James E. Reynolds, on the occasion of her 70th birthday: HELEN She's pert and pretty and full of pizzazz. She knows all the answers and all that jazz. She's full of fun and a joy to behold. She's bubbly and friendly and really quite bold. She prescribes medicine with the skill of a physician. Makes things happen like a Vegas magician. Gives advice freely, whether asked for or not. No hard feelings intended, just mothers a lot. She taught kindergarten kids the joys of living. Set an example by her teaching and her giving. Takes pride in their achievements whenever she hears. Knowing her lessons lasted through the years. Knows everyone from the top on down. She loves to meet people all over town. Has lots of friends wherever she goes. If not now, they soon will be, she knows. Never forgets a friend, especially in need. Goes out of her way to do a good deed. Good friends describe her to a tee. She always will be to you and me. She dances, she sings, she travels, she chatters. She talks up a storm on anything that matters. Never down and always raring to go. Turn up the music and you can see her glow. A lovely lady with lots of talents. A work of art, of love, and balance. She has a big heart as everyone knows. The better you know her the more it grows. Good friend, hard worker, leader, play girl or sweet baby. However you describe her, she is a beautiful lady. What a wonderful career as Teacher, Wife and Mother. As she continues to grow, it's our pleasure to know her.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 6 to Sept. 10, 2017
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