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Marianne Blanchard

Marianne Blanchard
  • June 8, 1931 - September 1, 2020
  • formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Meals on Wheels- Calhoun County
    200 W. Michigan Avenue
    Battle Creek, MI 49017

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“Marianne was a neighbor in a our apartment at 258 Capital Ave. NE. in 1961. She looked after our infant daughter Jean when we joined First United...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Carolyn Harvey - Battle Creek, MI

“Marianne Blanchard was a class act. She had the patience of Job. My Mother made me take two years of Home Economics, while at Southeaster Jr. High,...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Jane McCracken...formerly Ballard - MI

“I would like to extend my Condolences to the family of Marianne Blanchard. I was a former student at Southeastern Junior high school. She was a...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Nina ( Ramos) Oliver - MI

“My condolences to Ms Blanchard's family. She taught me alot of essential things that you need in life. They dont have classes like this anymore and...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Kelly Smith - Battle Creek, MI

“So sorry to hear of her passing. What a wonderful teacher. I was a student at Southeastern Jr High School in her home economics class. I have...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Cheryl Barrick-Stauffer - MI

“I haven't seen Ms. Blanchard is many years. I used to help her in the microwave classes at KCC. She will forever be in my heart and my memories. She...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Vicki Lawrence (used to be Nicholls) - NC

“Marianne was my home ec teacher at Southeastern Jr High in 1954. We became friends and I cleaned her house a few times while going to Kellogg CC.,...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Lou Claypool - Sun Lakes, AZ

“I have so very many memories of Home Making class.... Marianne Blanchard taught me how to sew and how to cook. It was the most exciting part of my...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: joann palmer - battle creek, MI

“It was a pleasure to see Marianne at the office. Talking fondly about all of her accomplishments over the years was something I looked forward to at...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Cathy Alberts - GRAND Rapids, MI

“Marianne became a favorite of everyone at our office (medical practice) very quickly! I had plans to visit her at the nursing home but shortly after...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Nichole Zalenski - Grand Rapids

“I am saddened to hear of Marianne's passing. I was a student of hers at Southeastern and became close friend during my years working at the Y-Center...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Mareca Medsger (nee Fischer) - VA

“Me deepest sympathies to Ms. Blanchard's family. She taught me many fundamentals that I carried with me throughout my life from my 2 years with her...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Sheryl Woods (Smith) - MI

“So sorry to read of the passing of Miss Blanchard. Although as a boy, I wasn't enrolled in one of her classes, I had three older sisters who loved...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: William Schaeffer - Union City, MI

“My condolences to Ms. Blanchard's family. She was my Home Economics teacher at Southeastern Jr High school. She taught me how to sew and cook I...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Roselyn Hodges (Coleman) - Troy, MI

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Marianne Blanchard, age 89, of Cedar Springs, Michigan and formerly of Battle Creek passed away Thursday morning, June 11, 2020 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was born June 8, 1931 in Sand Lake, Michigan to George Arthur and Isabel (Moyle) Blanchard. She grew up in Sand Lake and was Valedictorian of the Sand Lake High School Class of 1949. She attended Michigan State University earning a degree in Home Economics and Education. In 1958 she earned her Master's Degree in Home Economics Curriculum from Michigan State University. Marianne was employed for 35 years at Battle Creek Public School District, during which time she updated the curriculum guide both in 1953 and 1970. She taught Home Economics at Southeastern Junior High and Battle Creek Central High School and Nutrition at Kellogg Community College. She also taught math and English at Southeastern. She was one of the first Home Economic teachers to establish a Home Economics class for boys. In 1985 Marianne was chosen as the Home Economics Teacher of the Year for the State of Michigan and selected in the top 12 Home Ec. Teachers in the country. When microwaves were new to kitchens she taught microwave cooking at Kellogg Community College, talked weekly on Live at Five Radio and Television Show and also had a television show called "Microwaving with Marianne."

Marianne was a member of the First Congregational Church and its Ruth Vore-Susan Winslow Circle. She served on the Town Hall Board six years serving as president for two years and also served on the Y-Center Board of Directors for five years. She could be seen swimming laps most mornings at the Y-Center. She volunteered for the American Red Cross for 33 years and the Cayman Red Cross for five years in the Cayman Islands where she spent her winters. She was a member of N.E.A., M.E.A. and B.C.E.A., MSU Alumni Organization, Battle Creek Retired Teachers, Electrical Women's Round Table and The Cedar Springs Order of Eastern Star. She was selected to be a "Kentucky Colonel" in 1969 by Kentucky Governor Louie Nunn. Marianne enjoyed traveling, adventure and domestic activities. She enjoyed scuba diving and para sailing and painted murals and totem poles along with being a sculptress. She was called upon by friends to do seamstress work or bake cakes for events. In 1983 she was the Ladies Champion Skeet Shooter at the Battle Creek Gun Club. Recently, taking an interest in genealogy and working with a genealogist she traced the Blanchard family back to the Mayflower.

Surviving are nieces, Darlene Barlass of Spring Lake, Ml and Cheryl (Bill) Green of Rockford, Ml; nephews John (Beth) Blanchard of Jefferson City, MO and George Blanchard of Sarasota, FL; great nieces and nephews: Amy Donaldson (Bill) & Mark Hoskins (Rebecca), Kristine Thaxton (Jon), Keri Gibbons (James) and Katie Seymour (Ken), Hailie Casteel (Cris), and Renee Blanchard; Robert Jr., and cousins Joan Brown, George Miller, and Tom, David and Meryl Hudson; also survived by a bunch of "adopted" grandchildren who referred to her as "Grandma Blanchard". Marianne was preceded in death by her parents. She survived her five brothers George Arthur Jr., Arden Moyle, Ward Douglas, John Moyle and Paul Steward, nephews Ward Douglas Blanchard Jr. and Robert Blanchard, a niece Kelly Green and her special friend James A. Shouldice.

Friends will be received 12:00-1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where a memorial service to celebrate Marianne's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Inurnment was held at Sand Lake Cemetery, Sand Lake, MI. Donations can be made in Marianne's name to The Y Center of Battle Creek or Meals on Wheels of Calhoun County. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at