Mercedes Blanchard

HARFORD’S POINT — Mercedes “Duddy” Blanchard, 74, died on Feb. 22, 2011, at C.A. Dean Hospital in Greenville.

She was born in Greenville on Sept. 2, 1936, the daughter of William and Florence (Littlefield) McIver.

She was a lifelong resident of the Greenville-Rockwood area and attended Greenville schools. Duddy loved the outdoors and was an avid sportsman who preferred the rivers, lakes and woods of the Moosehead area. She loved fishing, hunting and trapping and was a member of the “Big Buck Club.” She even built canoes with her late husband, Harold “Doc” Blanchard.

Active in local affairs, Duddy was affiliated with a variety of organizations, including the School Board, Union Evangelical Church, Order of the Eastern Star, member of the women’s club, coach of the girls’ high school basketball team in the early 1960s, and volunteer at the local food cupboard.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold “Doc” Blanchard in 2005.

She is survived by three children, Stephen Irvine of Portland, Julia Lavigne of Greenville and Sheila Harvell of New Sharon; three stepsons, Keith Blanchard of Raymond, Harold Blanchard of Greenville and David Blanchard of Raymond; three stepdaughters, Dr. Sharon Blanchard-Kimball of Pittsfield, Patricia Glidden of South China and Kimberly Bengtson of Millbury, Mass.; 21 grandchildren; several great- grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on Friday, Feb. 25, at the Union Evangelical Church in Greenville. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the church, with the Rev. Dr. Robert Veon officiating. Spring burial will be in the Greenville Cemetery. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Greenville. For an online guest register, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com

Those who wish may make donations to: C.A. Dean Hospital, P.O. Box 1129, Greenville, ME 04441 or to Union Evangelical Church, P.O. Box 368, Greenville, ME 04441.

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