Rosa Lee Blanding, 79, daughter of the late Senior and Delia Pinkney Abram, was born May 29, 1939 in Sumter County. She waited patiently on her call from God with “a smile” and answered that call on April 13, 2019 at 2:13 a. m. at National Healthcare of Sumter. She attended the public schools of Sumter County. She accepted Christ as her Savior and joined Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, USA, Dalzell. She later became a member of Mt. Olive A. M. E. Church after being united in marriage to Richard Blanding. “Mud”, as she was affectionately known, was s faithful member of Mt. Olive A. M. E. Church, where she served as a Missionary, Stewardess, Sunday school scholar, sang with the T J Slater Singers and Senior Unity Choir. She leaves to cherish her memories: her children, Sandra A. Rhinehart, Joyce Blanding, Teresa Blanding, Bernard (Karen) Blanding, Dexter (Tarnesha) Blanding, all of Sumter, Herbert (Jolene) Blanding of Myrtle Beach and Stepforn (Arlene) Blanding of Charlotte, NC; twenty three grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Thomasina Abram and Irene Blanding; a host of special nieces and nephews, alone with other relatives and friends. The family will receive relatives and friends at the home of her daughter, Teresa Blanding, 1070 Habitat Drive, Sumter. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 1 p. m. from the Mt. Olive A. M. E. Church, 2738 Woodrow Road, Woodrow, with the Rev. Dr. Friendly J. Gadson, pastor, eulogist. The Remains will be placed in the church at noon for viewing until the hour of service. The funeral procession will leave at 12 noon from the home. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olive Memorial Garden, Pear Street, Sumter.
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