Maureen Blando

Maureen Blando

Maureen Alicia Barton Blando, 81, of Dunwoody, GA, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2013. from complications of Parkinson ’s disease. She most recently lived at Sunrise Assisted Living (Webb Gin House) and Joy Personal Care Home. Maureen was born in Brighton, Massachusetts on September 5, 1931. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in biology. Maureen loved learning and would be accurately described as a lifelong learner. Maureen last worked at the USDA in the food stamp division. Upon retirement, she served the community as a docent at both the Emory Carlos Museum and Oglethorpe University Museum. She was a highly sought after docent because of her wealth of knowledge in many subject areas including the antiquities. Maureen had many hobbies and interests in addition to her love of knowledge. Maureen enjoyed crossword puzzles, and up until shortly before her death she enjoyed working on the New York Times Sunday puzzle. She also enjoyed traveling, plants and flower arranging, reading, and cooking for and spending time with loved ones. Among her many skills, she was a certified Reiki healer. A cherished experience while at the Oglethorpe Museum was the opportunity to assist in arrangements and participate in a visit from his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Maureen was dearly loved by her children: Maureen Blando of Mountain View, California, Lisa (Rob) Carlton of Lilburn, GA, and Tom (April) Blando of Suwanee, GA. She was a devoted grandmother to Jessica and Mandi Carlton of Snellville,GA and to her beloved grandson and buddy, Joey Blando, of Suwanee, GA. Her most recent love is her great grandson, Colt, who brought many smiles and laughter to her last days. In addition, she leaves behind her dear sisters: Brenda Magri and family of Coppell, TX and Joan Barton and family of Hyannis, MA another sister, Renee Smith of Barnstable, MA, preceded her in death. Maureen’s family wishes to express appreciation to Crossroads Hospice for their care, guidance, and support. Heartfelt thanks also to the people at Joy Home who provided loving care during Maureen’s last weeks. The body will be cremated. A private memorial service for family will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, “A Family Company,” Lawrenceville Chapel 770-963-2411 has been entrusted with the arrangements.