Patricia Jan Bowling Bland Bolin, 89, died peacefully on February 28, 2020, at the Clarksville Nursing Center, Clarksville, Texas. The daughter of Deward Earl Bowling and Louise Juanita Stiles Bowling Cornwell, she was born April 19, 1930, in Annona Texas.
Patricia Jan graduated from Annona High School, Class of 1948, where she played basketball and then attended North Texas State University in Denton, Texas. In 1949, she married Bruce Moore Bland of Clarksville and became a wife, rancher, farmer and butcher. As a young wife and mother of three boisterous and rambunctious boys, she industriously raised and sold chickens, turkeys and their eggs, you could buy a bird with feathers, processed or cooked. In the early 1950’s, she was featured in the Progressive Farmer Magazine as a young rancher of Red River County. Her greatest love was being a mother of those precious sons, Anthony Bowling Bland, Robin Windsor Bland, and Bruce Timothy Bland.
People, young and old, have fond memories of Patricia Jan, working at the Clarksville roller skating rink , where she was known as the “whistle blower” and touched many youngsters’ lives with good memories. She was also the Den Mother for the Clarksville Cub Boy Scouts. Patricia Jan was employed at the Clarksville Times, KCAR radio station, Baker and Taylor Book, and Brooks Manufacturing. After continuing her education at Paris Junior College, Paris, Texas , she received her Bachelor and then her Masters Degree in education at Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas, and for many years was a teacher at Mt. Vernon High School.
Patricia Jan was a patriotic historian and had a vast knowledge of the history of Red River County. She was a direct descendant of William Stiles of the First Austin Colony and his son John, who was an early settler of “Red River Country.” As a member of the Bechnell unit from “ Red River Country” during the Texas Revolution, John Stiles became the first guard of Santa Anna after his capture. Dedicated to perpetuating the memory of the founding families and soldiers of the Republic of Texas , Patricia Jan was a member of the Daughters of Republic of Texas as well as the Daughters of the American Revolution. Everyone knew her favorite colors to be Red, White, and Blue – with special emphasis on the Red, as a Red Hat member.
Patricia Jan was preceded in death by her parents, Deward Earl Bowling, Juanita Stiles Bowling Cornwell, and Thomas Larkin Cornwell; brother, Robert Stiles Bowling; husband, Stanley Bolin; son, Anthony Bowling Bland and first husband; Bruce Moore Bland.
Patricia Jan is survived by her two sons, Robin Windsor Bland and wife Ginger; Bruce Timothy Bland and wife, Barbara; her beloved younger brother, whom she carried every where as children together , and wife Louise; and six grandchildren: Aaron Boehm Bland, Bobby Jack Haden Bland, Lee Bland Lee, Luke Bland, Bruce Tyler Bland and Haley Penny; many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and loving friends.
Family will receive friends from 10 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home.
A service to celebrate Patricia Jan’s life will be held at 11:AM on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the Clarksville Funeral Home chapel, located at 100 West College Avenue, Clarksville, Texas.
The family will be having lunch, pot luck at North Lake Country Club, Clarksville, Texas.
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