Jacqueline M. (Lascelles)'s Story

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Jacqueline M. (Lascelles) Bland passed away in her Salem, N.H. home at the age of 83, following a brief illness.
Jacqueline was born in Wilmington, Mass. on January 25, 1934, and was predeceased by her parents, Grace Dodge and Francis Lascelles and brothers, Francis, Edmond, Paul, and William Lascelles.
Jacqueline was a versatile artist, able to craft beautiful pieces using multiple media, needle and thread, crochet, baking cakes, or paint and brush – she truly had a passion for bringing beauty to life – and sometimes even larger-than-life when she constructed a 13-foot leprechaun made entirely of snow. Those who knew Jacqueline will fondly remember her garden, adorned with forsythia in the spring, timeless roses (one an heirloom from her grandmother) that bloomed all summer, astonishing hibiscus that came up year after year and amaryllis that could often be found inside during the holiday season.
Jacqueline is survived by her husband, best friend and love of her life of 63 years, John W. Bland Sr. Jacqueline and John’s relationship was devout in faith and family, richly filled with a lifetime of memories shared doing the things they loved, boating, camping, square-dancing, and much more. Friends and family were always welcomed with open arms and hearts eager to listen, share and laugh – their home greeting adults and children alike to a kitchen stocked with as many sweets, Lindt chocolates especially, as it was with love.
Her memory will fondly live on through her two sisters, sisters, Grace McGondel and Pauline Capps; three daughters, Donna Marquis and husband, Arthur, Brenda Santos and husband, Mark, and Jean Orso; two sons, John W. Bland, Jr. and wife, Susan, and Craig Bland and wife, Maureen; 12 grandchildren, Jamie Marquis, Kathryn Santos and husband, David, Sandra Moschetto and husband, Raymond, Aaron Orso and wife, Katie, Mark Santos and wife, Bridgette, Jared Bland and wife, Jayme, Brett Marquis and wife, Maya, Nathan Orso, Mallory Stonehouse and husband, Jason, Trevor Bland and wife, Kristen, Wesley Bland and wife, Katy, and Mary Santos; nine great-grandchildren, Ryann, Lily, Charlotte, Jack, Jace, Audrey, Willow, Addison, and Jada; and many nieces and cousins.
To celebrate and share memories of Jacqueline’s life, visitation will be held Thursday, July 6, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 7, in Mary Queen of Peace Church, 200 Lawrence Rd., Salem. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, 329 Main St., Salem. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, www.apdaparkinson.org. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.
Published on  July 4, 2017
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