Marby F. Blanchard, 62, of Concord, died Monday, March 12, 2012, at home. Marby was born January 18, 1950 in Manchester, daughter of Harold B. Fosher and Marjorie Meara Fosher.
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After living in Bedford and Nashua, the Foshers moved to Bow in 1958. Marby was a member of the last class to graduate from the "old" Bow School, and graduated from Concord High School in 1968. While in high school Marby was active in dramatics, both in acting and costume-making, and worked as an apprentice at a summer theater for two seasons. Marby graduated cum laude in English from Harvard in 1972. During college she was active in the Radcliffe Choral Society. In 1970 she married Richard O. Blanchard, of Concord, who predeceased her.
After her graduation, Marby worked at Philbrook Center, New Hampshire Hospital, until 1987, with a half-year break in 1979 for a trip with her husband to North Africa, Southern Europe, England and Ireland. During this period she earned a master's degree from Antioch (New England) University. From Philbrook, she went to Hillsboro-Deering Middle School as a Learning Abilities Specialist for two years, after which she took a leave to travel again, this time to Italy, Portugal, and Morocco. Marby joined the staff of John Stark Regional High School in 1990 as a Learning Abilities Specialist and later became Special Education Coordinator. She left in 2003 to become Special Education Coordinator at Parker Academy in Concord, where she worked until shortly before her death.
Shortly after graduating from college, Marby joined the Concord Chorale and sang with the group for five years. In 1977 she became one of the original members of The Black Roses Women's Rugby Football Club of Concord and played with them ten years.
Besides choral singing and rugby, Marby enjoyed cooking, reading, travel, sewing and gardening. Friends and relatives fondly remember her fine cooking and elaborate dinner parties.
Marby leaves a sister, Lynn Chinnis and her husband, Jim, of Warrenton, Va.; a niece, Sarah Bosley and her husband, Aaron, of Cary, N.C.; and a great niece, Chloe, also of Cary. She leaves close friends and neighbors Diane and Tom Kemp and Stella Scheckter of Concord, and dear friends Tom Sutton of Kentucky and Ken Jopp of Salem, Ore.
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Published in The Concord Monitor on Mar. 14, 2012