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Lizzie Bland

September 4, 1918 — May 18, 2011

Lizzie Bland September 4, 1918 - May 18, 2011

Lizzie Bell Bland, age 92 of Janesville, died on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the Janesville Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 22nd at 3:00 p.m. at Arnoldt-McRaith Funeral Home & Crematory in Janesville with Rev. Dr. Larry Griffin officiating. Interment will be in the Waco Memorial Park, Waco, Texas. Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home. Lizzie Bell was born on September 4, 1918 in Tyler, Texas (Smith County) to John Thomas and Mary Adeline (Easley) Kendrick. She grew up in Tyler, Texas, then later Dawson, Texas where she attended high school. Lizzie Bell moved to Waco, Texas where she started working at the Palace Caf. She then began her long career with Ed''s Caf (1,2,4) in Waco. She was united in marriage on October 3, 1942 to William Earl Bland in Austin, Texas. In 1985 Bell retired from Ed''s Caf after 46 years of service. She moved to Janesville, Minnesota in 1988 to be near her daughter. She had been a longtime member of Kendrick Lane Baptist Church in Waco. Lizzie Bell was an excellent cook, enjoyed watching Jeopardy, gambling, playing bingo and cards, and fishing. She is survived by her daughter Debbie (James) Witt, her grandchildren, Jennifer (Don) Quast, Tyler Witt, and Kelsey Witt, and her great grandchildren, Austin and Caleb Quast, all of Janesville; by many cousins and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband William Earl Bland on October 3, 1966; by her parents, her sisters, Gertrude Scott, Littie Johnson, Lois McClure, Georgia Miller, and her brother Clifton Kendrick; by her niece Ruth Evans.

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