Carol (Rioux) Blanchard(1936 - 2014)

Carol (Rioux) Blanchard Jun. 30, 1936 - Apr. 1, 2014 COLCHESTER - Carol (Rioux) Blanchard, wife of Raymond Blanchard, passed away peacefully on April 1, with her loving husband, Ray, by her side. She was born in Norwich, Connecticut, daughter of the late Lloyd and Evelyn Rioux. Carol married Ray in Biloxi, Mississippi on November 5, 1955. Besides her husband, she leaves behind two sons and daughters in law; Michael and Maryellen (Casalino) Blanchard of Norwich Connecticut, and David and Susan Blanchard of Colchester. She was predeceased by her son, James Blanchard. She is also predeceased by her brothers, Leon and Donald Rioux. Carol leaves behind her beloved six grandchildren, the loves of her life; Christopher, Caroline, Gabrielle, Elijah, Conoly, and Rylee. Carol graduated from Griswold High School in 1954, where she was voted by her senior class as most popular, best looking, and most energetic. After she and Ray married, she raised her three sons, and then pursued a career as a judge for the Department of Special Revenue of the State of Connecticut at the Plainfield dog track. She retired in 1998. She later worked at the Mohegan Sun Casino in the security department. Carolyn developed a passion for playing golf and became an avid golfer, winning the Norwich golf club woman's two ball championship twice. She acquired the nickname "CC" which stood for Crazy Carol from the golf course professional who gave her many golf lessons. Carol's hobbies included playing cards, volunteering, going to bingo with her late cousin Dodgee, and going to the casino. She had a great personality, an infectious laugh, and a smile which brought any room alive. Carol gave her unconditional love to the grandchildren, whom she adored. She loved and lived life to the fullest. In 2000, Carol and Ray went on a new adventure, moving to Florida. She quickly met new friends and developed a special bond with a special friend, Sonee Miller. Carol and Ray enjoyed traveling and playing golf. She will be missed by all that knew her. Family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 5:00 P.M. -8:00 P.M. at Leffler Funeral Home, 30 N. Main St., Jewett City. A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 10:00 am at St. Mary's Church, Jewett City. Interment to follow at Pachaug Cemetery, Griswold. Donations in her memory can be made to the Connecticut chapter of the . For the online memorial or to leave a message of comfort, visit

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Leffler Funeral Home
30 North Main Street Jewett City, CT 06351
(860) 376-4014

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Apr. 3, 2014