CENTRALIA, Ill. — Ellen F. Blanchard, 74, died at 11:37 a.m. Tuesday at her home. Born May 20, 1938, in Centralia, she was the daughter of Frank and Maxine (Myers) Watkins. She married Alan Blanchard in Centralia on Nov. 29, 1955, and he survives. She was a homemaker and a member of the Moose Ladies Auxiliary. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Maxine Ward of Centralia; two sons, Sandy Blanchard of Fort Branch, and Alan Blanchard and wife Helen of Greenville, Mich.; one daughter, Vicki Woods of Washington; two brothers, Ivan Becker and Larry Watkins; five sisters, Jean Marshall, Anna St. Pierre, Donna Hitman, Dorothy Bryant and Margaret Ehler; two grandchildren, Jeremy Blanchard and Joshua Blanchard; and one great-grandchild, Hannah Blanchard. She is preceded in death by her father; brothers Tommy Watkins and Jimmy Richardson; and a sister, Patty Sloat. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
May 20, 1938 - July 3, 2012
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