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Celebrating the life of
Florence Aves Bland
July 02, 1918 - January 20, 2015
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Memorial Service
  • 2:00pm - Saturday, January 24, 2015
  • St. John the Divine
  • 2450 River Oaks Blvd. (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77019

  • (713) 622-3600

I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time. www.JW.org

Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL

Kathleen, We have known each other for almost 15 years, and in this time I have come to know Trinka as the center of your world. Every one here at the Museum, that knew your mother, spoke highly of her. I am very sorry for you and your familie's loss and wish you the best.

Kenneth Beasley, Houston, TX

Trinka was a beatific gem of a woman. I knew her while involved in Young Singles and various activities at St John the Divine. This world has lost a spark, but heaven is brighter still for her presence.

Doreen Osterholm, Houston, Texas

Kathleen As you know my mother was a volunteer in almost every one of the organizations listed above to which your mother gave her considerable talents. Shared birthdays were another reason they were so very close. Your mom was a devoted visitor during my mother's long illness. Trinka was one of the special people of the world. My condolences and those of my whole family.

Anne Tucker, Houston, tx

Kathleen and family, I would just like to send my sincerest condolences. Although, I did not know your dear mother, I can only imagine she was a kind soul and warmhearted person. From her smile (in the photo above), it seems that she was so happy and full of life. It is with that memory, you can move forward and always remember her laughter and her love. She will forever be with you in spirit throughout your daily life. May she find solace and peace and may your family be comforted in this time of sorrow.

Cleopatra A. Tomic, Houston, TX

Trinka was my Brownie leader first. She thought us to sew! We made a clown costume. She was later my needlepoint mentor and then my employee at Chaparral. She was a remarkable person and had more energy at 80 than I've ever had. I believe she got up every day and tried to be the best person she could be. Doing good for others was always her mission. I have lots of good memories of her.

Marianne Crain, Houston , Tx

Dear Kathleen, Fred, Buck and your families, It is hard to imagine life in Houston without Trinka Bland. She was truly a pillar in the community and friend to so many. Born in 1918, that pretty well validates her longstanding contributions. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Our parents were not only lifelong friends but also our grandparents, all going back to their beloved roots in Galveston. Much love, Beth Fisher

Beth Fisher, Houston, TX

After 96 years of spirited engagement with an extraordinary life, Florence Aves Bland – but known to all as “Trinka” (except to her earlier family as “Sis” and current grandchildren as “Mudder”) – died peacefully during the night of January 20.

Proud of her heritage and birth on Galveston Island (“BOI”), she was the daughter of Florence Huston Aves and Dr. Frederick Worley Aves and the granddaughter of the Fourth Rector of Trinity Church, Galveston, who moved the family from Ohio to Galveston in 1902 to rebuild Trinity after the devastating 1900 storm. By 1926, the family moved to the “country” and began to develop a parcel of land on Dickinson Bayou which they called Bayou Bend. Not content only with life in the country, she maintained an active social life in Galveston, making her debut in 1937 at the Galvez Hotel. She was a 1940 graduate of the University of Texas, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta (like her mother, daughter, and granddaughter). Like her mother, she was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

She married David Bland, an attorney, in 1942 and they moved to Houston to start their family. Throughout her life, she adored Houston, particularly its fast pace, energy, growth, and tall buildings. Trinka threw herself into all that she undertook – and she undertook, seemingly, almost everything: Brownie Scout Leader; Cub Scout Den Mother (she showed her cubs how to use a hammer and saw and, with her guidance, they built their own clubhouse); local, state, and national leader of Theta (where she was instrumental in establishing the annual Antique Show); an aficionado and collector of American antiques (and among the first docents at the Museum of Fine Arts Bayou Bend Collection where she served for over twenty years); a volunteer at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; an expert needle pointer (she organized the needlepointing by volunteers of the St. John the Divine kneelers and assisted others in learning her passion by working part time at the Chaparral for over twenty years); a devoted member of the Chautauqua Study Club, inveterate world traveler, often with a child or grandchild along.

In the mid-1960’s, she and David built one of the earliest houses in Lakeway, near Austin, as a weekend getaway, which they treasured for more than 25 years. In 1972, they moved from Timber Lane around the corner to the Inwood Manor and a few years after David’s death in 1992 (after 50 years of marriage), she moved to the Hallmark which she loved. For over a decade, she picked, arranged, and delivered fresh flowers to the house-bound elderly at Hallmark, every morning, seven days a week. At the Hallmark, she became known for answering the question “How are you doing?” with an effervescent “Super Duper!” Ever the optimist.

Her most cherished connection throughout her life was devotion to her Christian faith through the Episcopal Church. She was a Lay Reader, a member of Daughters of the King, and for many years, a member of the Vestry of St. John the Divine, Houston, and a volunteer in its bookstore after that.

She is survived by her son Frederick Aves Bland (wife Morley) of New York City, son David “Buck” Bland (wife Holly) of Tucson, and daughter Kathleen Crain of Houston, four granddaughters: Bethany Maneikis of Austin; Chloe Shaw of Woodbridge, CT; Carolyn Herin of Houston; and Dagny Lodowski of Houston; and six great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held in the Chapel of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 2450 River Oaks Blvd., at 2:00 PM, on Saturday, January 24. A reception at the church will follow the service. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please send a memorial contribution to a charity of your choice.

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I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time. www.JW.org

Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL

Kathleen, We have known each other for almost 15 years, and in this time I have come to know Trinka as the center of your world. Every one here at the Museum, that knew your mother, spoke highly of her. I am very sorry for you and your familie's loss and wish you the best.

Kenneth Beasley, Houston, TX

Trinka was a beatific gem of a woman. I knew her while involved in Young Singles and various activities at St John the Divine. This world has lost a spark, but heaven is brighter still for her presence.

Doreen Osterholm, Houston, Texas

Kathleen As you know my mother was a volunteer in almost every one of the organizations listed above to which your mother gave her considerable talents. Shared birthdays were another reason they were so very close. Your mom was a devoted visitor during my mother's long illness. Trinka was one of the special people of the world. My condolences and those of my whole family.

Anne Tucker, Houston, tx

Candle tribute lit by malinda mason miller — Texas

Kathleen and family, I would just like to send my sincerest condolences. Although, I did not know your dear mother, I can only imagine she was a kind soul and warmhearted person. From her smile (in the photo above), it seems that she was so happy and full of life. It is with that memory, you can move forward and always remember her laughter and her love. She will forever be with you in spirit throughout your daily life. May she find solace and peace and may your family be comforted in this time of sorrow.

Cleopatra A. Tomic, Houston, TX

Trinka was my Brownie leader first. She thought us to sew! We made a clown costume. She was later my needlepoint mentor and then my employee at Chaparral. She was a remarkable person and had more energy at 80 than I've ever had. I believe she got up every day and tried to be the best person she could be. Doing good for others was always her mission. I have lots of good memories of her.

Marianne Crain, Houston , Tx

Dear Kathleen, Fred, Buck and your families, It is hard to imagine life in Houston without Trinka Bland. She was truly a pillar in the community and friend to so many. Born in 1918, that pretty well validates her longstanding contributions. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Our parents were not only lifelong friends but also our grandparents, all going back to their beloved roots in Galveston. Much love, Beth Fisher

Beth Fisher, Houston, TX


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