RICHMOND, Va. — Mary Ellen and James Blanchard, formerly of Howard, Ohio, and married 52 years, went to be with their Lord on June 18, 2013. Mary Ellen entered Glory first and James, unaware of his wife’s passing, joined his wife two hours later. The Lord displayed His mercy by sparing each of them the grief of burying the other.
They are survived by their four children, Brian Blanchard and Brenda Cox of Richmond, Va., Doug Blanchard of Mount Vernon, Ohio, and Holly Blanchard of Phoenix, Ariz.; and nine grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Saturday, 10 to noon, at Bliley’s-Staples Mill, 8510 Staples Mill Road. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, in the Mausoleum at Mount Vernon Memorial Park, Richmond, Va., with a memorial service to follow at 4 p.m. at 4420 Huguenot Road, Richmond, Va.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.