August 05, 1930 ‒ April 19, 2019
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 www.snyderfuneralhomes.com The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Blanchard family.