Muriel C. Blanchard, 86

Muriel C. Blanchard

SCARBOROUGH — Muriel C. Blanchard, 86, widow of the late Newman T. Blanchard, passed away on Dec. 17, 2012, at her home in Scarborough.

She was born in South Portland on Aug. 25, 1926, the daughter of Everett and Jenny (Ross) Bridgham. Muriel grew up in the Pleasantdale area of South Portland and was educated in local schools. She went on to marry Newman T. Blanchard and start a family, having four children.

Family was very important to Muriel and she loved camping and family picnics. Cooking and quilting were other ways Muriel enjoyed spending her time. She traveled to many destinations having gone on several cruises.

Muriel worked at UNUM for 30 years, retiring as a supervisor of customer services and pensions. She was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star and most recently a communicant of the West Scarborough United Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her husband, Newman T. Blanchard; daughter, Linda J. Baker; and a son, Joel N. Blanchard.

Survivors include sons, Gary A. Blanchard of New Gloucester and Dale L. Blanchard of Santiago, Chile; son-in-law, Stanley Baker of Casco; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at the West Scarborough United Methodist Church, corner of Church Street and U.S. Route 1, Scarborough. Arrangements are by the Hobbs Funeral Home, 671 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough. Online condolences may be expressed at

Donations in Muriel’s memory may be made to: The West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 2 Church St., Scarborough, ME 04074.

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