Blanche Gordon Narodick
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Blanche Gordon NARODICK Blanche Narodick passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, March 2, 2008 at the age of 98. She was born in Seattle on October 16, 1909, the only child of Alexander and Anna Gordon. Blanche married the love of her life, Dr. Philip Narodick, in 1937 and they enjoyed 54 years of marital bliss before he passed away in 1990. They loved boating, fishing and beachcombing at their second home in La Conner. She was famous for her homemade lox prepared from the salmon Phil caught. She adored her only son, Kit, and welcomed her daughter-in-law, Sally, as her own. She loved her grandson Philip Narodick, granddaughter Lisa Colton, and Lisa's husband Jason. She was thrilled and amazed that she lived to meet her two great-grandchildren, Eli and Meira Colton, and her eyes sparkled whenever they came to visit. In her 80's, Blanche wrote many stories of her life (first on her typewriter, and then on her iMac) in a detailed family history titled "Continuity". Her hallway was a collage of generations of family photos, exemplifying how family was of the utmost importance to her. Blanche graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa from the University of Washington School of Journalism in 1930 and was one of the few women of her era to earn a masters degree, graduating from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She enjoyed lifelong personal and professional friendships with colleagues in her professional association, Women In Communications (formerly called Theta Sigma Phi). She was a lifelong learner, taking courses at UW and reading avidly well into her 90's. She had a very active volunteer life, offering her PR skills for many Jewish organizations in Seattle, and devoting decades of her life to her most passionate volunteer commitment, the Red Cross, including serving on the International Committee. She and Philip traveled extensively, including many trips to China, beginning in the 1960's. They were responsible for setting up a sister city relationship with the Red Cross in China. In 1989, she was honored with the Harriman Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service, the Red Cross's highest award for volunteers. Blanche was a woman of character -- passionate, generous, smart, witty, supportive and loving. She had friends from multiple generations, and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. The family thanks Dr. Scott Pollack, and the staff and caregivers at the Kline Galland facilities and the Jewish Family Service, all of whom so thoughtfully cared for her in her last years. A Memorial Service will be held at Butterworth-Arthur Wright Chapel, Tuesday March 4 at 3:00 p.m., followed by a gathering to Celebrate her Life at the Washington Athletic Club at about 5:00 p.m. The family suggests remembrances to Kline Galland Center, the Red Cross or a charity of your choice.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2008.
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March 25, 2008
Dear Sally & Kit,
I heard only yesterday about my dear Blanche. I know she will be in your hearts always, as she is in mine. She was and is a blessing.
She was such a treasure and my parents were so fond of her and we saw her and Phil so often when I was growing up that I have always thought of both of them as part of my family. I am glad that she is at peace now. Otto and I will be thinking of you and the children.
P. Hurshell-Reinert
March 18, 2008
Dear Sally an Kit et al,
In the early 90s, my husband, Gene Golan, invited a cousin to spend a few days with us for a family party. I had never met her and was a little apprehnsive It turned out to be a love-fest. What a delightful human being, full of charm and spirit I feel fortunate to have known her.
Sue Golan
March 17, 2008
Dear Sally & Kit,
So sorry to learn about your loss. I met your mother when she was in her 80's, and I felt so lucky to have spent time with her. She was a great woman, who accomplished so much and remained productive throughout her life. May you and your children find solace in your wonderful memories. She has left a great legacy. Warmly, Marilynn Rivkin
Marilynn Rivkin
March 7, 2008
I remember Blanche well from Women in Communications. She had a long, interesting life and will be missed as a member of our organization. Blanche received our highest award, the Georgina McDougall Davis Award, presented by the Seattle Chapter for her achievements and service.
Jeannine Blue Lupton
March 4, 2008
so very sorry for your loss. thinking of you.
RL Smith
March 4, 2008
Dear Sally, Kit, Lisa and Philip,

We are sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful mother and grandmother. Blanche was a wonderful lady, and I know that your many treasured memories will live with you forever. She was so very proud of all of you.

Ruth and Fred
Ruth and Fred Forsberg
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