Dorothy I. Smith Blandford

dorothy blandford

October 3, 1925 ~ September 30, 2021

Resided in: Hamden, CT


Sunrise October 3, 1925
Sunset September 30, 2021


Dorothy Blandford was born on October 3, 1925 to Lemuel Smith and Gwendolyn Brooks. She was the only daughter of five children. She was predeceased by her parents and her siblings: William, George, Harris “Junior,” and Albert. Dorothy was married to the late Harry Blandford, and from that union they had three children: John Keith Blandford, Harolyn Ortiz, and the late Rachel Mae Blandford. In 1964, Dorothy Blandford and her two children immigrated to the United States from Honduras, Central America, where she met Sydney Zeno, and later gave birth to Yvette Zeno.
Mommy, Mom, Ma, Grandma, Maria, as she was affectionately known, is predeceased by her son John Keith Blandford. She leaves behind her daughters Harolyn Ortiz, aka China (Jorge and his children), and Yvette Zeno (Troy) and their children: Amena Zeno (Elijah), Aziah Zeno, Mya Zeno (Demetrius), Tamia Williams, Aaron Williams, Eli Zeno, her great-grandchildren Shamar Zeno, Amir and Amani Zeno, and to be born Phoenix Parisse-Zeno, first cousin and ‘daughter’ Nova Bennett and her children; Cleon, Kirt and Tanya Bennett, and their wives and their children, Godson Steve Mann and his children, Goddaughter Penelope Dye and her children Raven and Bethany Dye and granddaughter Isabella – and a plethora of children and friends, too many to mention individually.
Dorothy Blandford wore many hats. She worked as part of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation staff and a dietician; a domestic housekeeper, a Certified Child Care Provider, a Certified Home Health Aide, a member of the Board of Directors to the Caribbean Women’s Health Association in Brooklyn, NY. She was nominated to The Carib News 14th Annual Caribbean-American Mothers of the Year. Finally, Dorothy retired in 1995. She was an outstanding member of the Brooklyn Truth Center, where she participated in many events, fundraisers, and fashion shows for 40 years. Dorothy’s smile and love could be seen and felt by all who encountered her.
Mom believed that you should put God first and foremost in your life and by doing so, you could overcome any obstacle or challenge that is presented to you. “With God, all things are possible.”
After moving to Connecticut from Brooklyn, New York, Mom was very thankful and grateful that she was introduced and accepted by the members of the First Church of God. She was consecrated as a Mother of the Church on November 30, 2014. She was also inducted into the Widows Association of the First Church of God.
Friends are invited to visit with her family on Saturday, October 9 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Her Funeral Service will follow, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home.  Dorothy’s funeral will be live streamed via Zoom. For those who were unable to watch today, the service recording is available here: Dorothy Blandford Funeral. Password: &9#p*i+2


Visitation: October 9, 2021 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Funeral Service: October 9, 2021 11:30 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


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  1. So sorry for your lost.words can’nt express my feeling..mother was kind loving and soft spoken, she showed so much love to me and her cannot replace this lengen.I will always keep the family in my prayers.

  2. Words can not express the feelings of sadness that I am experiencing at this time. You and I met in church, Brooklyn Truth Center, several decades ago.Together along with 5 others, we became the Magnificent 7. Our travels have taken us to many destinations, but the best part of our friendship occurred every year in October, our birthday month. Yes, you were in Connecticut, but Yvette and you would travel to Brooklyn for the annual festivities. October will never be the same without you!

    Although you have transitioned to another place, your memory will never be forgotten. ❤

  3. I was so sorry to hear about the passing of this beautiful gentle lady who touch so many lives including mind from the first time I meet her she always had a big smile in her face an the love and affection she gave to everyone that came around. She will truly be miss by me an lot of others she came in contact with. REST IN PEACE MOM!!

  4. I know Dorothy was special to all her family. I am glad I was able to meet her at the Brooklyn Truth Center. Dorothy embraced as a new member and contributed to my Spiritual experience. Her smile, gentle manner and assurance that God’s strength is our strength was supportive
    We shared the same birthdate. There was always a card for me. I felt honored when I was requested to share event planning for her 80th birthday. I thank God that our paths crossed. Now that Dorothy’s season with us has sunset, family please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Kindly accept condolences from me and my family

  5. My Maria. I miss you so much. I’m definitely gonna miss seeing your beautiful face and that pretty smile. Making you laugh when I enter your room. Your emptiness is definitely felt. I will always keep the memories of you alive. Your place I’m my heart can never be filled by anyone else. May you rest peacefully in the arms of our heavenly father. Until we meet again Maria. I love you and miss you so much…💔💔💔

  6. It is with our deepest sympathy that our family sends their condolences to you and your family. You are in our prayers and you have our deepest sympathies. RIP Mrs. Blandford you will truly be missed🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  7. May she rest in heavenly peace. Keep the memories close to your
    heart as they will sustain you during those tearful moments.
    Brenda W

  8. Gone but not forgotten, your Beautiful smile and caring personality will live on in all whose life you touched. Rest in Paradise!🙏⚘Love and Prayers for the Family!

  9. Sincere heartfelt condolences for the loss of your Mom.Great spirit that will be missed. Keeping you all in Prayers.

  10. Sweetest woman I grown to respect over the years. Such a beautiful vibrating Ora, that also shines through her children grand children and great grand children. May you family keep your memory alive and well ❤️💐

  11. Sending prayers and condolences to the family. May you all find comfort knowing her precious heart and soul is with God.

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