Maxine May Blanchard


PRESQUE ISLE – Maxine (Rand) Blanchard, 88, died July 24, at The Aroostook Medical Center.

She was born in Mars Hill on Jan. 9, 1919, the daughter of Walter and Hazel (Esty) Rand. She lived most of her life in Mars Hill, spending her summers at her camp on East Grand Lake. In 1999, she moved to Presque Isle to be near her daughter and son.

In 1937, she was graduated from Aroostook Central Institute in Mars Hill, where she was named an all-state basketball player. This started her lifelong love of basketball. After high school, she trained at the Banford Academy of Hairdressing in New York City. Then she worked on Long Island, returning to Aroostook County to marry her childhood sweetheart, Russell Phillip “Bill” Blanchard, on Sept. 7, 1941.

She was a past member of the Mars Hill Community Club, a member of the Mars Hill United Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Women. Her interests included reading, solving crossword puzzles, working on arts and crafts and attending her grandchildren’s basketball games.

Survivors include two daughters, Beth Blanchard of Presque Isle and Trudy Hodgdon, and her husband, Tony, of Auburn; one son, Brian Blanchard, and his wife, Anne, of Fort Fairfield; three grandchildren, Jon, Brianna and Billi Lynn Blanchard; and a special friend, Frances Banks of Mars Hill.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her son, Randy Esty Blanchard; her sister and husband, Roma and Michael Dinda; and her nephew, Mike Dinda.