Harriett Joan Blain
June 1, 1930 – September 11, 2020
In the waking hours of September 11, 2020 our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend Harriett Joan Blain (Wilson) was promoted from this life to her home in Glory. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Paul A. Blain (Sparky) of 57 years, her brother Richard M. Wilson, her sister in-law Mary J. Wilson-Allen, her nephew Kenneth R. Whitney and her grandson Jonathan A. Zimmer. She is survived by her brother Terry Borges (Jennifer). Her children, David E. Blain (Connie), Laurie D. Zimmer (Mark), Paul A. Blain (Leanne Jacques). Her grandchildren, Rebekah T. Ross (Bryan), Elisabeth A. Glass (Daryl), Travis M. Blain, Zachary E. Blain, Lucas M. Blain, and Hanna G. Blain and her four great grandchildren Andrew M. Ross, Daniel P. Ross, Olivia D. Glass, and Aubrey J. M. Glass. Her many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Joan was loved and cherished by all who crossed her path. She will be remembered for her kindness, quiet grace, generosity, quick wit, and the unconditional love she gave to all. She was the glue that held her family together. Wherever she was, she provided a safe place to land and all were welcome. She was never one to bring attention to herself, but she was a hard worker and a skilled planner. She always made sure everyone was taken care of. She enjoyed spending time with and caring for her family and those around her. She enjoyed reading, writing short stories and poetry. She enjoyed cooking large meals for her family and friends. She loved to entertain and always made every event special. She enjoyed baking. She always had a cup of tea, a cookie, and a listening ear ready for those in need. She enjoyed vacationing with her beloved husband, Sparky, at local lakes and cottages as well as traveling to New York, Tennessee, and Florida. Every trip was an adventure. She especially enjoyed being near and wiggling her toes in the water. She was a loved and faithful member of Grace Life Bible Church of Grand Rapids. A memorial service will be held at Grace Life Bible Church 3020 Lake Michigan Dr. Grand Rapids, MI 49504 on Saturday, October 17th, 2020 at 11:00 AM. With respect to the current circumstances regarding Covid-19 and for the safety of those who chose to attend we kindly ask that masks be worn before and after the service while in the building. Socially distanced seating will be provided. For those unable to attend the memorial service it will be live streamed on the Grace Life Bible Church web page @ https://www.youtube.com/user/GraceLifeBible. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Grace Life Bible Church of Grand Rapids MI.
Grace Bible LIfe Church
Harriett Joan Blain
September 13, 2020
Paul and family,
I remember your mom from the Apple Avenue School days when she helped out. Always so nice and helpful especially when I had my broken leg and couldn’t go out and play in Jan - March on crutches. She brought in some small puzzles for me to do during my recess inside by myself. I never forgot her kindness during that time when I felt so isolated because I couldn’t do gym class or recess which were big social interaction times.
She will be very much missed by you all, Mom’s are very special and the hardest felt when they go to heaven. Take comfort that you will see her again one day fully healed.
September 12, 2020
Dear Blain family, our deepest sympathy to you all. Joan was our backdoor neighbor and we thought of her often, especially when her lights were on during the night and on her ocassional walks. Our prayers for you now! Gord and Linda Scherpenisse
September 11, 2020
We were neighbors with Jo and Sparky in regency lakes. My dad did trains with Sparky. My dad and Sparky had birthdays 2 days apart. We would shovel the walk and in front of the garage door and she would call us the shovel fairy. We was a wonderful lady.