Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel & Parkview Cemetery

2021 North University Street, Peoria, IL


Mary M. Bland

December 6, 1952March 21, 2020

Mary M. Bland, 67, of Peoria Heights, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at UnityPoint Health Proctor. Mary was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in July of 2017. She fought courageously throughout her battle.

She was born on December 6, 1952 in Peoria to William and Betty (Croy) Osborn. She married David Bland on May 3, 1999 in Gatlinburg, TN.

He survives along with one daughter, Leigh Ann Osborn of West Peoria; step-son, Nicholas (Sarah) Bland of Elmwood; step- grandchildren, Maddux, Grayson and Emersyn; brother, William “Bill” (Diane) Osborn; sister, Jane (Mike) Gleason; sister in law, Linda Osborn; many nieces and nephews; and mother in laws, Shirley Bland and Dorothy Bland.

She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Victoria Leigh Watts; and brother, Thomas Osborn.

Mary enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, planting flowers, decorating, spending time with her dog, Keenland and camping.

She was a bartender for many years. Mary last worked at the VFW in Peoria Heights for 10 years, where a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made to Illinois CancerCare, 8940 Wood Sage Rd, Peoria, IL 61615.

Online condolences may be made at www.davison-fulton.com


  • A Celebration of Mary's life will be held at the VFW in Peoria Heights at a later date.


Mary M. Bland

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March 24, 2020

We will miss you Mary. It has been a pleasure knowing you for the past 12 years.

Susie Park

March 23, 2020

Dave, Bill and Diane and family: Steve and I are so sorry for your loss. We will remember all the fun times camping and Mary’s opinions, humor, conversation and friendship. I will remember shopping trips, garage sales, craft shows, “happy day” gifts, gambling, fun lunches, fun in Florida, her smile, her laugh, her hugs, her big heart and her love. Thinking of you all during this sad time.

Eeic Thurman

March 23, 2020

My deepest condolences. Mary will truly be missed. Enjoyed working with her at the VFW and the numerous events she assisted in providing veterans. Truly a one of a kind. God bless you all during this most difficult time

Brian & Lynnette Stanley

March 22, 2020

Dave, Leigh Ann, and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. We really miss camping next to you guys at Chillicothe Recreational Area. We sure had a lot of fun over the years while we were all there. Just want to let you know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Brian, Lynnette, April, Carl & Katelyn Stanley