Nancy  Blanchard

Obituary of Nancy Blanchard

On June 27, 2022 Nancy Blanchard (St. Amand, nee Goodman) rode a steed on a monsoon chariot ascending high above the clouds of her beloved Mt. Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona. Born September 29, 1944, Nancy died peacefully after a fifteen year diagnosis with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Nancy was a cherished mother not only to her own four children, but also to four step-children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, as well as other children and teenagers she mentored. She was a friend, neighbor, sister, aunt, wife, crafter, skinny dipper, bargain hunter, and dog lover. 

Nancy was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Butler University, a Master of Arts in Special Education from Oakland University, and a Master of Arts in School Counseling from University of Phoenix.  She accepted her first teaching position in Algonac, MI in 1967. She married Jack St. Amand and together they raised their four children on Harsens Island, Michigan. In 1983, they moved as a family to Tucson, AZ. Nancy worked for twenty years within Tucson Unified School District as a Special Education Teacher and then later as a Guidance Counselor. In 1996, she married Ron Blanchard. Together, they watched their adult children marry and have children of their own, giving Nancy the cherished title of Grandma. 

She is survived by her former husbands: Jack (Diane) St. Amand and Ron Blanchard, her children and grandchildren: Madaliene (Ben) Schalet and their children Pearl and Matilda, Megan St. Amand and her children Alex and Lizzie Uradnik, Anne-Marie Zamora and her children June and Faye, and Nate (Jackie) St. Amand and their children Liam and Addie. In addition, she is survived by her step-children Michael (Tiffany) Blanchard, their children Chelsea and Ryan, Karen (John) Harness, their daughter Eva, Paul Blanchard, and Kathleen Blanchard. Additionally, Nancy leaves behind her two sisters Sue (Dan) Boyd and Arleen Stone. Nancy lived a full, exuberate life and built relationships with many people including: friends from Michigan, Wrightstown Square, San Domingo, “The Goddesses”, educators, parents and students from TUSD, and volunteers at Agua Caliente Park. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to: 

John Harness’ Go Fund Me Account. John, Nancy’s son-in-law, was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome. He has been hospitalized since November 28, 2021. 
To Donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/yxaxw3-harness-family
For more information on GBS/CIPS: https://www.gbs-cidp.org

A celebration of life will take place in October of 2022. Updates and details will be posted at: https://www.caringbridge.org/visiard22t/nancyblanch

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