Maxine Blanchard

August 05, 1930 ‒ April 19, 2019

Sunbury, Ohio

Maxine Blanchard, age 88 of Sunbury, passed away Friday, April 19th, 2019 at home, surrounded by her family.

She was born on August 5th, 1930 in New Plymouth, OH to the late Jay R. and Goldie M. (Kennard) McDaniel.  Maxine graduated from Logan High School in 1948. She met the love of her life, Fred E. Blanchard, to whom she was married on June 29, 1957 in Cedarville, MI. Together they shared over 61 wonderful years raising their family and making a home. In addition to being a homemaker, Maxine was bookkeeper for the family business, Blanchard Vacuums, retiring in 2005.

A longtime member of the Vans Valley Community Church, Maxine was steadfast in her faith, reading the Bible daily (the Gospels were her favorite), and jotting down scriptures with special meaning for her and her family. Family describes her as a loving, kind, and compassionate person who welcomed all. Maxine was a mom to everyone and gave the best hugs. She was a strong, intelligent woman, known as a “Jane of All Trades,” who was never afraid to tackle a fix it job or a project. She was an inspiration to everyone she touched; the love she so freely gave is reflected back to her by her survivors.

Maxine enjoyed working crossword, hearts, Sudoku, and jigsaw, and listening to Elvis Presley. She also enjoyed reading about healthy habits; always looking for things to help the family. Her greatest achievement was raising a successful family with the love of her life, Fred Blanchard, and seeing their children raise successful families of their own. Maxine has a beautiful soul and deserves the joy and peace she is now experiencing in Heaven.

In addition to her husband Fred, Maxine is survived by son Chris Blanchard, Grove City, daughter Karen (Jeff) Koenig, Gahanna, son Fred (Michelle) Blanchard, Centerburg; sister Mildred Loomis, Logan, three grandchildren: Michael (Molly) Blanchard, Haley (Colin) O’Connor, and Elizabeth Blanchard, three great grandchildren Mila Reese and Michael Ryder Blanchard and Emilia Lee O’Connor, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Maxine was preceded in death by brothers Hobart, Murle, and Jay McDaniel, and sisters Gladys Doolittle, Ruth Arnett, Clara Belle Edgar, and Caroline Sheline.

Friends may call Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St. 61, Sunbury, where service will be held immediately after, with Pastor Larry DeWitt officiating. Interment will follow in Trenton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Maxine’s memory to the Vans Valley Church, 14440 E. St. Rt. 37, Sunbury, OH 43074.  Condolences and special memories may be shared at The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Blanchard family.

  • Fred, Chris, Karen, and Freddie. I am so very sorry for your loss. Maxine was a wonderful loving person. She was such a beautiful soul and I feel very blessed to have her as one of my very special aunts. I will never forget her loving sweet smile and warm heart. She was such a blessing to my dad in some of his most difficult moments. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all!

  • On behalf of Vans Valley congregation our deepest condolences to the Blanchard family. A longtime pillar of strength to our small church Maxine will be greatly missed. Our church was blessed by her presence. Continued prayers and love to the family.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss Karen and family. I never got to meet your mom and people who knew her always talked about her and your father’s warm hearts and loving natures. God be with you all.
    Love you,

  • We are so sorry for Maxine’s passing. We did not have the joy of knowing her long, but are so very grateful to have had the time we did with her. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are will you all. Your family is a special one, and it is easy to see why there is so much love in your hearts.

  • Dear Karen, Freddie, Chris and Fred.. my deepest sympathy on the loss of this wonderful lady. She was one of the most kind and loving person that I have ever had the privilege to know. Growing up with her as my 2nd mom is full of wonderful memories. She was the person who really turned me onto Elvis at the age of 10 and I still love him today. I know these times ahead will be difficult , but know she lives on in your hearts and is always by your side. Lean on each other and take one day at a time. Sending you all my love and prayers .

  • Dear Karen and family,

    My heart aches for all of you in the loss of your beautiful mother.

    Please know Joe and I are keeping you in our prayers. May God’s love and grace provide comfort to you in this difficult time.

    Love and hugs,
    Susie (Crowl) and Joe Bond

  • I am so very sorry for your family’s loss of this beautiful woman.
    Words cannot explain the way she consoled, counseled and inspired me throughout the years. Even in these past ten years that we have not spoken, her life lessons have stayed with me. (She also taught me the proper way to vacuum!) 🙂
    Since words cannot explain, her wisdom will be retold through our love for others and our daily actions.

    Jennifer Hastings Schunn

  • Harry and I are so sorry for your families loss. Maxine was one of the kindest, most loving people we have had the pleasure of knowing. I always looked forward to seeing her in church with that bright smile and kind words. She will be sorely missed by a great many people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all

  • Dear Karen,

    I am saddened to learn of your precious mother’s passing. I will pray for you and your family in the days ahead, asking God to comfort all of you.


    Becky Shannon

  • Dearest Karen

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

    I am keeping you and your family in my prayers during this very difficult time.

    Cherish all the good times & precious memories. My prayer is that God will give you the strength & courage you need to get through each day ahead.

    Psalms 46:1 tells us that God is our refuge & our help in time of trouble. Abide in him and he will sustain you.

    One glorious day you will see your mom again…what a day that will be!!!

  • Fred and family,
    Bette and I send our condolences to you and your family. I was a teacher and counselor at Big Walnut and can say that your kids were ideal citizens. That is a reflection on how you and Maxine raised them. I remember you kids well and feel that I was blessed that you were a part of my life. I have no doubt that God has a special place to honor your mother.

  • Maxine was a very special woman whom I carry many memories of. She will be missed indeed. 🌺

  • To all the family, I am so sorry to hear of Maxines passing. She was a very special lady!!! I remember sitting in Sunday School with her as my teacher. The many things she shared and her knowledge of Christ was one of the many things that made me who I am today. She was a Light to many of us!!! I feel privileged and honored to have known her!! Prayers and sincere love to all of you!! Mom and the rest of the family send there love and condolences also.