Former KC St Sen. Mary Groves Bland Dies at 80

(AP) – Former Missouri state Sen. Mary Bland has died following complications from seizures caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

Bland’s children said Monday that the former Democratic lawmaker from Kansas City died Friday at a hospice center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she had been living. She was 80 years old.

Her death was announced Monday in the Senate by state Sen. Kiki Curls, who holds Bland’s former seat.

Bland first was elected to the Missouri House in 1980 and served there until winning a special Senate election in 1998. Her Senate term ended in January 2005.

Curls and Bland’s children described her as an advocate for mental health and health services, as well as minorities.

A funeral service is scheduled for March 5 in Kansas City. A wake is set for March 4P.

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