Shirley R. Blanchard

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LEWISTON — Shirley Raymond Blanchard, 86, of Robinson Gardens, Lewiston, died Sunday, April 18, at Montello Manor, after a brief illness.

She was born in Portland, May 11, 1923, the daughter of Horace L. and Melvina E. (Williams) Raymond. She was educated in Portland schools and graduated from Deering High School in 1941. She graduated from Bates College in 1945, with a bachelor’s degree in English.

On June 30, 1945, she was married to Richard L. Blanchard, Bates ’42, at the Bates College Chapel. They made their home in Lewiston until 1956, when they moved to Gorham, N.H., for four years, then returned to Maine to live in Dixfield for 13 years and back to Lewiston in 1973.

During her working years, she held secretarial positions at Bates Mill office, superintendent of schools office, a brokerage office and retired in May 1988, from Eighth District Court as an assistant clerk. She was an active community member while living in Dixfield, where she was a president of MFWC Advance Club and was a president of the Social Club and the Women’s Auxiliary of the Congregational Church. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Rumford branch.

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After moving back to Lewiston, she became a member of the Women’s Legislative Council of Maine and served as president from 2001 to 2003. She was a member of the Maine Association of Retirees, Bates College Alumni Association, Maine Genealogy Association and a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church. She enjoyed music and reading and her special craft of rug hooking as hobbies.

She is survived by a son and daughter in law, Gary J. and Sheryl S. Blanchard of Okemos, Mich.; and her two treasured grandchildren, Dana L. and Evan T. Blanchard, also of Okemos, Mich.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 63 years, Richard on Sept. 3, 2008.

The family wishes to express its gratitude for the excellent care provided by the staff at Montello Manor and Central Maine Medical Center during her brief illness.

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