Barbara J. Blanchard

October 27, 1937 ‒ November 25, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Barbara J. Blanchard, age 83 of Delaware, OH, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2020 surrounded by the love of her family at home. She was born October 27, 1937 in Mt. Vernon, OH to the late Edgil and Ruth (Shaw) Ryan.

Left to cherish Barbara’s memory are her children: Anita (Phil) Cochran, Diana Fisher, Dan Blanchard, Peggy (Alex) Jamieson, Mary Beth (Tim) Cowans, Paula (Jim) Bevins, Rebecca (Aric) Tucker, and Jeffrey (Lori) Blanchard; 20 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; brother: Robert Ryan; sisters: Martha (Bernard) Blanchard, and Patricia “Susie” Mendez; and many other relatives and friends.

Barbara married Lawrence “Larry” Blanchard in 1958. After a brief time in California, they operated a crop farm in Danville, OH. She said that a farmer’s wife was not a life she would have chosen, but a life she was blessed to be given. Barbara had owned and operated her own flower shop, as well. After Larry passed away in 1991, she remained on the farm for a short while. She went on to work for Dale’s Cardinal Market, then retired from Bob Evans’ Restaurant, where she had served as a hostess. Barbara was a woman of strong faith, and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware. She had been a 4-H leader, a hospice volunteer, a member of the Seed Sowers Garden Club, and a local book club. Barbara loved books, flowers, friends, and especially her family.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Blanchard, brothers: Paul, Ernie, John, and Bill Ryan; sisters: Maxine Gilpin, and Mary Lou Ryan; grandson, Daniel Blanchard, son-in-law, Bill Fisher, and brother-in-law, Luis Mendez.

The family will receive friends Monday, November 30 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, OH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William Street, Delaware, and will be livestreamed by logging into Burial will take place at St. Luke Cemetery in Danville.

Donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware, or to Capitol City Hospice.

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  • We are blessed that Alex married into a family guided by Barb’s love, faith, support and genuine caring personality for everyone. It was always a special treat to see Barb. I will remember her positive personality and her welcoming smile, as well as her devoted faith. She left a legacy that we admire! We hold you in our hearts and prayers at this difficult tine.

  • I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I worked with her at Grandpa’s store & she was in garden club with my Mom. I stopped at Bob Evans a couple of times to visit with her.

  • It doesn’t seem real that my sister-in-law has passed. She visited John and me in Tennessee many times over the years. She helped me plant my last garden there. I have so many memories.

    Some things I always remember about Barb and Larry…

    They still had that twinkle in their eyes for each other. There was no doubt they were madly in love.

    She and Larry always had smiles on their faces.

    They raised eight beautiful children who turned into eight beautiful adults. Barb and Larry gave them a solid foundation based on the love of God and everything else fell into place. They are fine examples of what love can do.

    Even though I am unable to be with all of you during this time, I am there in spirit. I love all of you so very much.

    Aunt Janie Ryan

  • What a special treat for me to see Barb at family events & have a chat with her. What a warm smile she had, the kind that always made one feel she was happy to see you, & I loved her genuine hugs. I will miss those & our visits. She was truly a grand lady. My prayers are with all of you, asking that God & His angels put their arms around you with strength, comfort & love. What a glorious place she’s at now. I like to think there is melodious singing & lots of beautiful bright colorful flowers everywhere. I especially think she likes the flowers. Much love to you all. 💜

  • I really enjoyed Barb the short time I knew her here at Redwood. She always had a smile. My sympathies to her family.

  • What to say…. I was blessed to have enjoyed Barb’s friendship for more than 25 years.

    Barb lent her hand and knowledge to the retail section of my salon for a good 10 years. She loved working with us and listening to the latest dis at the salon / gift shop and I’m sure some of it was eye opening, she always said she prayed for us at church!!! LOL

    I can’t tell you how many times Barb was a shoulder for me to cry on or a pillar of strength to my complaining about business nonsense, I always valued her advice, she was a wise and sensible woman.

    I will miss the weekly visits we shared over the past 25 years and the many lunches and conversations we’ve had. I am blessed to know her children and her sisters, she always had the best to say about them. I love you and miss you already just knowing you’re gone. I’m glad I got to visit with you on Monday and share a laugh, rest in peace My Friend…. Love Ya Babs !!!!

  • To Paula, Our sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. She was a very special woman, and she will be missed by many. Sending prayers to you and your family ! Jay & Tonya Brown

  • Dear Peggy I’m sending love and prayers to all of you. God bless you and keep you. May His face Shine on you and give you His the name of the Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit. Peace Be With You ❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 I love you … Debby Adams

  • Thinking of all of the family at this sad time. My brother bob was very close to Barbara. She is in heaven with bob. The last time I was in Ohio aunt Ruth and aunt Helen took my daughter and I to the cemetery and to the house they were born in. Somebody was just moving in. My prayers are with all of you. Love sue Shaw dodds .

  • I always admired and loved Aunt Barb. In addition to my parents, she was a strong role model for me. Her faith, positive attitude and ambition was remarkable. She was a good friend to my mother, Edna. She shared her love of flowers with me by making the floral pieces for my wedding. She taught my sister Linda how to decorate cakes. And Linda passed that on to me. Our family shared many Sunday afternoon meals and visits together. And it was always a treat to sleep over with my cousins Anita and Diane.

    One random memory…she loved Johnny Cash. I never understood until I saw the movie Walk the Line and became a fan myself.

    I was blessed to have aunt Barb in my life. My condolences, prayers and love to you Anita, Diane, Dan, Peggy, Mary Beth, Paula, Becky, and Jeff.

  • Mary Beth, I am so sorry for your Moms passing, I know she was loved by so many people and that is a blessing. I am praying for your family to be comforted by Gods loving arms at your time of sorrow, and may God bless all of you

  • My husband, Dan Hines was a classmate of Barb’s. We are so very sorry to hear of her passing. We didn’t hear about until today, as the Newspaper in this area is down to two days a wk. Our sincere sympathy from the Fredericktown Class of 1955 & from Dan & I.
    Dan & Gert Hines

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I went to school with Barb she was a year ahead of me. I always liked her. Remember her well.