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She was a gentle and wonderful soul. I will carry her spirit with me always. ❤️❤️
Jay and Luisa Carver
We’ve known Tao since the wedding of our son Andrew with her daughter Tasha. One memory which captures the essence of this wonderful person was the first time we really spent some time with her. About 15 years ago, we sailed into Fernandina Harbor and moored our boat at the marina. Knowing that Tao lived here, we called her up and invited her over for lunch on our sailboat. On the appointed day, I went ashore in the dinghy to pick her up and bring her out to the mooring field. Elegant as always, Tao boarded the small dinghy, and we set off. About halfway to the big boat, the outboard conked out, and I had to start rowing. The wind was blowing against us, we were both getting wet, but we eventually made it to the boat. Tao, with all her grace and dignity, climbed up the swim ladder where we had a most enjoyable lunch. Our first impressions were only reinforced over the years. Tao was such a good sport, always up for adventure, always hospitable, and of course, always warm and caring. Throughout her later trials, these characteristics, so evident on this first extended get-together, shone through brightly. She always indulged our sweet tooth with her signature key lime pie. We miss you, Tao.
Dace and Kit Kramer
Tao became part of our extended family over 20 years ago when her daughter, Tasha, married my nephew. Her warmth and love was evident from the beginning. Her grace was always present, and her courage in the face of her battle with cancer inspired all of us. But most particularly, it was after her treatments were over that my admiration grew, as she embraced life and health return to health so fiercely. We will miss you, Tao. Dace and Kit Kramer
I met Tao while bicycling. She was radiant inside and out. I’ll never get her sparkly eyes and beautiful smile. My heart felt condolence to the family.
Tammy Teal & Terry Fisher
We sure enjoyed our time with you at the homecoming games, the past several years.. How special our time was, with you. We know you are really having a good time now. You will always be a special friend.
Tao was inspiring. So very beautiful, loving, and a loyal friend. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. She lit up any room! Rest in peace lovely Tao.
Our condolences to the family. We have lost a dear friend who was classy and beautiful in so many ways. I remembered meeting her when she worked at APL, the Applied Physics Lab when we were in our early twenties. We were inseparable. Saw each other nearly everyday. I was in her wedding. I am grateful that we kept in touch all theses years. Even though we didn’t see each other often. Our friendship was strong. I will miss her very much. May she rest in peace.
margit a. Hyre
Toa was a very nice gentle person always polite and helpful.She will be missed
A beautiful lady with always a “happy face” regardless how she was feeling inside from her many years of fighting her long battle with cancer. We will dearly miss her at our U tailgate gatherings prior to both home and special away trips. Tao was an eloquent hostess at her home and will be forever remembered. May you have eternal peace in God’s hands…
Tao, a true friend is never truly gone. Their spirit lives on in the memories of those who loved them. And we made a lot of memories! Everyone becomes a better person for having such a wonderful friend. May you be as blessed in the next life, as I was in this one by knowing you!
Leslie and Steve Schaap
Tao … a strikingly beautiful woman, inside and out. Graceful, elegant, generous. She presented a smile that exuded warmth and welcome as. She was upbeat and fun with a wonderful sense of humor. It was a pleasure to have been acquainted with her.
Tao was a delight to be around - always smiling and cheerful. She was a good friend and will be missed terribly.
You were the kindest, funniest - up for anything, true Renaissance woman! I thank you for being so caring and kind and another mother figure to me.You are deeply missed . . . Sending so much love and light to Torri, Tasha and Tom. Rest in power Tao
Hary & Chris Bottka
While we did not know you well, your smile lit up the bike shop and your wonderful daughters are a reflection of you.
Missy Tao, my wonderful friend, what a joy you weee to me! Our trips, dinners, shopping sprees and family get togethers are just a few great memories we shared. I love you and will miss you terribly.
To have known Tao, you were blessed. With a hat on her head and a smile on her face, she flitted about sharing laughter, understanding, fun and an extra portion of mischief with us all.
Toa was a loving, elegant, beautiful woman. She was generous and loving. We shared some special moments with our orange hats and courage’s. Our hearts are heavy and we will always remember her smile and loving heart.
Annie Florano & Patrick
Tao lit up a room. She was beautiful, had a great smile and loved everyone she knew. We will miss her terribly. Our hearts are heavy. We love you Tao.
Tao exemplified the meaning of grace, love and compassion. She extended all three to me after the passing of my wife. I will always feel blessed to have known her. The tailgate parties at the Miami football games will always have one empty chair. Though we mourn her passing, we rejoice in her homecoming. May God embrace Thom and the Lehman during this time.
Tao was such a talented, sweet, beautiful inside and out, special person. She will be missed by so many friends here on Amelia. I am blessed to have known her.
Tao will be remembered as one of the kindest loving people I have ever known. She put my heart at peace lending an ear long time ago and just being in the room with her made me smile. Karin knew to invite Tao when I was in town.I’m so very sorry for your loss.🥰
Scott & Kim Eungard
We had a great pleasure of meeting this awesome woman a few years back with her niece Kim so thankful we got a chance to meet such a special soul. Prayers go out to the whole family. We are thinking of you all.
To my best friend and beloved sister, we shared so many wonderful years together, I will miss her, but know she’s watching over me, rest in peace lil sister..love Rudy
Suzanne and John Batchelor
Tao was a ray of light that went straight to your being, your soul with a genuine affection she showed everyone. It has been a privilege to call her our neighbor and friend. We will miss her dearly. Such a very special lady and human being.
Karin T. Kennard
Tao was a beautiful lady, charming, gracious, vivacious, generous and funny. I was blessed to have her as my dearest friend for 43 years . Now she is sharing her light and joy among the other angels . She will be thoroughly missed by all who loved her .
A classy and brave lady. She will be missed.
A beautiful tribute for a beautiful lady. I will miss my friend!
Tao B. Lehman
Tao B. Lehman, a resident of Amelia Island, FL passed away peacefully on April 18, 2023, surrounded by members of her family.
Tao was born in Bryn Mawr, PA in 1945 to Rudolph and Helen Blancke lll. Tao was raised in Howard county, MD., she attended Howard high school, Monticello Jr. College and the University of Miami.
She leaves behind her loving children, daughter Tasha, E. Carver and husband, Andrew of Amelia Island, FL, daughter Torri A. Lehman and fiancé Valentin Stepanchuk of Cascade Locks, OR., husband Thomas H. Lehman of Amelia Island, FL, brother Rudolph C. Blancke lV of Rehoboth Beach, DE, Kimberly Holbrook, Dylan and Logan Holbrook of Grand Blanc, MI, Kelley and Todd Boza, Rudolph and Isabella Boza of Holly Springs NC, sister Jane Pitman of Timonium, MD, Gretchen and John Cannon, Charles and Jack Cannon of Glen Arm, MD, Woody Pitman of Ellicott City, MD
Tao loved all art, music, dancing and spending time on her beloved Amelia Island surrounded by all of its natural beauty. She was also a strong supporter of the University of Miami Hurricanes.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, and best friend. Tao loved to design and decorate; she was an artist at heart. She loved to entertain, was an exceptional cook, and hosted many holiday parties. Kindness, empathy, concern for others, and a willingness to help anyone were just a few of Tao’s greatest attributes.
Tao supported many community fundraisers, she was actively involved in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan), as she was a 5 1/2 year survivor of pancreatic cancer.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023 beginning at 10:00 AM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors.
Rather than flowers, contributions, in Tao’s honor, may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Purple Dove and the Community Hospice at Baptist Health Hospital, Jacksonville, FL.