December 3, 1930 ~ February 5, 2019

Born in: Shreveport, LA
Resided in: Denver, CO

Itaska Bland Wilson was born December 3, 1930 in Shreveport Louisiana to her parents, Harrison Monroe and Alice James.  She was the only child of this union.  Itaska was raised by her grandmother Luevenia James.  She received her early education at Booker T. Washington High School, Shreveport Louisiana.  Itaska loved sports and played on the High School basketball team.  After moving to Denver Colorado, she attended Emily Griffin and studied shorthand.  She continued her education by attending Metropolitan State College. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education.  In 1976, Itaska furthered her academic accomplishments and obtained her master’s degree in Elementary Education.

On October 21, 1950 in Denver Colorado, Itaska united in marriage to Oscar Bland Sr.  From this union they had seven children. Several years later, she united in married with James C. Wilson Sr. and from this union they had one child.

Itaska was a devoted and loyal chartered member of Antioch Baptist Church, 2500 Lafayette St, Denver, Colorado 80205 for over

50 years.  Itaska loved the Lord and instilled this same value in her eight children, who attended Sunday school and church with her every Sunday.  Itaska sang in the church choir and loved gospel music.  Itaska spared no expense when it came to the adorning her Sunday’s best.  She was known for often sporting beautiful suits and hats.

By profession, Itaska was an educator.  In 1966 she began her career as an Early Childhood Education/Kindergarten paraprofessional at Gilpin Elementary School.  In 1975 she completed student teaching at Mitchell Elementary School.  She taught the Sixth grade at Smedley Elementary School, subsequently Itaska went on to teach for many more years within Denver Public Schools.  In 1982, Itaska retired from Denver Public Schools.  She became an entrepreneur by establishing her own licensed child care business and named it ‘Taska’s Tots’.  In 1990 Itaska, became the founder and owner of ‘Early Success Academy, Preschool and Head Start Center in Denver Colorado. Itaska received several certificates of achievements, awards and honors.  She was an Avon Representative for over 30 years a member of the President’s Club.

Itaska was a God fearing and loving woman, who loved the Lord, enjoyed life and family.  Being an expert baker, she’d bake a cake for each and every family member in celebration of their birthday. In her spare time, Itaska love to bowl, play BINGO, watch game shows, be outdoors in the park, and what really made her happy was family. Itaska had a keen sense of humor and passed on her hilarious wit to all of her family as well as her striking cheekbones. Itaska bragged of her many grand and great-grandchildren. She would always offer anyone in her home something to eat because of her giving heart and an Avon gift.  She was very social and smiled with her heart.  In later years Itaska embraced her older years often telling people, “The only way to stay young is to die”.  If asked her age she would say, “58” and then say, “Now turn it around”!

Itaska Bland Wilson departed this life to the embrace of the Lord on February 5, 2019 in Denver, Colorado surrounded by her family. Those left to cherish her memory and mourn the loss are her three daughters and four sons; Luevenia Bland-Yarber (Melven Yarber Sr.), Alicestine Bland-Roberson, Oscar Bland Jr., David Bland Sr., Diana Bland-Gadison (Kenneth Gadison), John Bland, and James C. Wilson, Jr., of Denver Colorado. Jacqueline Bland preceded her in death.  Itaska did all for her eight children and lovingly referenced them by their numerical chronological order.  She also leaves behind over fifty-grand, great-grandchildren, and many friends and associates.  Lastly, she was kind, loving, generous, and forgiving. Never held a grudge or sought to be a seeker of revenge. Itaska was a true keeper of the peace.  If any of us could become just a fraction of who she was, our lives would be a true testament in her honor.

 

Services

Visitation: February 8, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: February 9, 2019 12:00 pm

King Baptist Church
3301 Ivy Street
Denver, CO 80207


Interment: February 9, 2019 2:00 pm

Fairmount Cemetery
430 South Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80231


Reception: February 9, 2019 3:00 pm

King Baptist Church
3301 Ivy Street
Denver, CO 80207


Room: Fellowship Hall - Following the Interment

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  1. My condolences to the family whom I have know most of my life and Ms Bland as I have called her since I was a child . My prayers are with the family .

  2. To the Bland/Wilson family….you have my deepest condolences. May your mother rest in peace. Much love to you all. Geneice “CeCe” (Taylor) Brame

  3. My sincere condolence to the Wilson/Bland Family. She was a loving and kind woman. We loved her but God loved her best. She moved from her old house and moved higher to be with the Lord. I will miss her, but will live on in our hearts.

  4. To the Bland/Wilson Family. My condolences to you in this hour of bereavement. Sis. Wilson and I were members of the Antioch Baptist Church for many years. May God grant you comfort & peace.

  5. To the Bland/Wilson Family. Mrs. Bland knew us all of our lives, she was a wonderful woman, so generous and funny, always treating us like family. We are so sad to hear this news, but know she is resting with her Savior. Please accept our condolences and love.
    Irene Hamlin, Stacie Hamlin Candies and Family

    • Thanks Stacie, I will share your kind words to the family. We are doing fairly well after the traumatic loss of our precious Mother/Grandmother. Love Jimmy…tell Mom I said hello ❤

  6. Our prayers are with the Bland family. Itaska was a wonderful woman that was loved by all. My mom Ruth Evans and Itaska were like sisters and the good memories will be with us forever. Rest in peace.

    Jerry Ware, Daryl Ware, Kim Mouton, Barbara Burns, Roy Burns and family.

  7. From the Family’s of Alonzo,Barbara ,and Roy Burns, Mother Ruth Alexander- Husband Ward ell Evans,Jerry and Darryl Ware, Kim Mouton and Family ,my Mother’s extended Family the Alexander ,would like to send our love to the family that we grow-up with in Denver Colorado and shared so many loving and kind memories. Words can”t express our deepest sympathy in the Family ‘s great lost ,we will miss this great women of God and we thank God for allowing uses to have shared and witness he”s love from another one of his loyal and well loved servants . God bless the British shining star on the family throw out there healing and life’s journey.

  8. Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy to the Entire Family of This Great Woman of God . She was trully Beautiful through and through and just had a Beautiful smile that just lit up the whole room at King Baptist Church whenever She was there .She will be trully missed and her Beautiful Beautiful smile. Praying for the Entire Family ! God comfort and Bless you All ! Sis Kay Green !

  9. TO MY BROTHER JIMMY, SISTER DIANA, AND TO THE ENTIRE WILSON FAMILY, WE SEND OUR WORDS IN THE PASSING OF YOUR FAMILIES MATRIARH AND MOTHER TO MANY (MRS WILSON). PLEASE KNOW THAT WE SHARE WITH YOUR FAMILY OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY YOUR COMFORT IN THE PRESENCE OF OUR ALMIGHTY GOD. FAMILY DON’T LET DEATH ROB YOU’LL OF THE PRECIOUS MEMORIES OF MOTHER WILSON. “PRECIOUS MEMORIES OH HOW THEY LINGER, HOW THEY EVER FLOOD MY SOUL, IN THE STILLNESS OF THE MIDNIGHT PRECIOUS SACRED SEENS UNFOLD”.

  10. Family and friends you have my deepest sympathy. This is a difficult time for most. There are basic things that can help anyone get through the pain no matter what age, gender or religious beliefs. Many have been helped with the twelve basics or just a few. You can go to jw.org and get the basics with no cost ever. See the article “Help for those who grieve “ in the magazine section. Anyone can get help and comfort.

  11. ~Grandma~

    When I had no shoulder to lean on,
    and my eyes were filled with tears.
    I had my Grandma to count on,
    to drive away my fears.

    Despite all the wrong I’d done,
    when the light I couldn’t see,
    Grandma was my shining sun,
    who always believed in me.

    She’d tell everyone about me,
    what I was doing, when and how,
    she preserved everything I ever gave her,
    from the time I was little till now.

    Without you Grandma I am so lost,
    my tears just won’t dry,
    but I believe your one of Gods angels,
    you spread your wings and fly.

    Dear Grandma I really miss you,
    and wish with me you’d always be,
    but since God wants you too,
    I’ll keep your memories alive in me.

    Love you FOREVER your 1st granddaughter
    Chai Narie

  12. To Luevenia, Diana and family: please accept my sincere condolences in the death of your dear mother. I treasure my fond remembrances of her, and of both of you, during our careers. May God grant you His eternal peace.

  13. So sorry to find out about Ms Wilson. Will miss sitting her on Sunday morning at True Light she always had a smile on her face and wore some pretty hats. My she rest in peach.

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