Gloria J. Blanchard NORFOLK - Gloria J. Blanchard, 84, passed away May 6, 2011. She was born in New Orleans, the daughter of the late Maurice F. Jemison Sr. and Elizabeth Jemison McGovern and was also predeceased by her stepfather, Thomas McGovern; a daughter, Jennifer Blanchard; and a brother, Maurice F. Jemison Jr. She was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church where she was a member of the Guild and was a volunteer for DePaul Medical Center, the American Red Cross and First Landing State Park. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Bud Blanchard; four daughters, Patricia Kietzman of Christians- burg, Terri Ann Allan and husband Thomas of Virginia Beach, Susan Blanchard of Charlotte, N.C., and Carmen Payton and husband Mike of Norfolk; five sons, Thomas Blanchard of Norfolk, Kent Blanchard of Charlotte, N.C., Joseph Blanchard and wife Barbara of Virginia Beach, Christopher Blanchard and wife Kathy of Dalzell, S.C., and Randy Blanchard of Alpharetta, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a half sister, Mae Rose Padgett of Frankford, Del. The family would like to thank the doctors and entire staff at DePaul Medical Center for the care and compassion given to Gloria during her stays. A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, Norfolk. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ the King Catholic Church. Cremation & Funeral Services of Tidewater assisted the family.
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Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 12, 2011