Marsha Claire Bland departed this life late evening on February 17, 2013 in Marietta, Georgia. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri on December 23, 1926 as the only child to Millie Sue Bland and as a daughter to musician Richard Thompson who preceded her in death. Marsha grew up in Kansas City, Missouri as a lover of music. She was a musician, dancer, and a legend of the Historic Jazz District known around the world as 18th & Vine. Ms. Bland became well known to Kansas Citians as one of the legendary artists of all times. She is one of the Elder Statesmen of the KC Jazz community. Marsha Bland leaves her cherish memories to her oldest daughter, Mrs. Sheila Diane Bland-Rose (native of Kansas City, MO), and son-in-law, Dr. Israel Rose (native of New Orleans, LA), and her younger daughter, Ms. Debra Kay Zeigler-Johnson (native of Kansas City, MO); all current residents of Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Bland leaves seven precious grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and one great-great child. Services for Ms. Bland will be Saturday-March 9, 2013 at the Destined for Glory Worship Center located at 4238 Prospect Avenue – Kansas City, MO 64130. Viewing: 9am, to 11:00 am – Service: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm. – Burial – Blue Ridge Cemetery: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Repast: American Jazz Museum Blue Room – 1616 East 18th Street – KCMO from 3 to 7 p.m. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Coda Jazz Fund – c/o Steve Penn, President – 5002 Mastin Street – Merriam, KS 66203 or American Jazz Museum – c/o Greg Carroll, CEO – 1616 East 18th Street – Kansas City, MO 64108 – The family is expressing sincere thanks for your support and love during this time in this hour of bereavement.
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