Kathie Jean Bland went home to be with the LORD Jesus Christ as she passed away peacefully during the morning hours of Wednesday, March 6th after a long and valiant battle with brain cancer. She resided at her son, Jasons house, in Portland, Oregon. She was surrounded by her son and loving care providers during her final moments. Kathie had moved to Portland from Ogdensburg, NY in March of 2013.
Born in Ogdensburg on August 3, 1951 to the late Francis Sandy Cardinal and Evelyn Cardinal (residing in Ogdensburg), Kathie was a devoted Mother and was a person who loved life, loved to laugh, and loved people. She was an amazing gardener and enjoyed landscaping. She also enjoyed making wreathes and other arts and crafts. Kathie also loved to listen to music, play cards, travel, cook, animals, and going to the ocean. Kathie graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1969. She also attended SUNY Canton during the early 1990s.
In her hometown, Kathie was a member of New Life Assembly of God church. She became a Born-Again Christian in January of 2013. Kathie served on the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center auxiliary board and had also volunteered at the Ogdensburg Garden Club and Redbrook Therapeutic Riding Center. Before retiring in 2005, Kathie was employed as a home health aide for many years at Health Services of Northern New York.
Kathie is survived by her loyal sons Justin (married to Kristina) Bland and Jason Bland; her mother Evelyn Cardinal; sisters Karen Elliott (and her three children, Terry, Mandy, and Amy) and Micah Diane Cardinal; brother Kevin Cardinal. She also had a number of cousins and other relatives scattered across the country. Kathie was also married to John Gregory Bland for 15 years before being divorced in 1986.
A very special thank you also is given to Kathies primary caregivers who helped Jason: Maria Aguilar, Binnie Walters, and Bryan Erickson. There were also many other people who helped Kathies stay in Oregon be one that was life-changing, happy, and memorable. You added love, joy, and dignity to her life.
Kathie was cremated and her ashes will eventually be brought to her beloved Hawaii at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society, the Ogdensburg Garden Club, or the Claxton Hepburn Medical Center Auxiliary.
There will also be a Homegoing Celebration at Kathies church, New Life Assembly of God in Ogdensburg, NY at a later date to be announced.