Marguerite Flynn Blanchard



Marguerite Flynn Blanchard, 96, died Tuesday, April 17th, 2018. Born on August 11, 1921 in Pender County she was the oldest daughter of the late James William Flynn and Ida Cavenaugh Flynn.

Marguerite graduated from Campbell University where she played for the women’s basketball team. After college she married William “Billy” Blanchard, her husband of 67 years.

Marguerite and Billy lived on Dock Street in Wilmington, NC while Billy began his first job as a civil engineer with the Corp of Engineers. It was in Wilmington that their first two children, Barbara and James “Jimmy”, would be born. In 1946 the family moved to Rose Hill where their second daughter, Janet, was born. Marguerite and Billy would remain in Rose Hill for the rest of their lives.

Marguerite was a devoted member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church, where she was a member of the choir. Her faith and the church played an important role in her life, as she always encouraged others to love the Lord. Marguerite was kind and gentle, and devoted much of her time caring for, helping or teaching others. An active member of the Rose Hill Woman’s Club since its inception, she helped plan beautification projects and establish the public library in Rose Hill.

Always eager to explore and learn, traveling with family and friends was a passion for Marguerite. Through the years she and Billy would have the opportunity to tour China, Australia, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. Each trip she would return with interesting stories, funny tales and perfectly selected gifts. Gathering with family was important, and Marguerite and her brothers and sister could often be found on the beach or the back porch enjoying the day and each other.

Known by the grandchildren and great grandchildren as “Mama”, Marguerite faithfully provided lodging during blueberry season, delicious meals from her garden, the best pound cake, and her services any time you had a loose tooth that needed pulling.
An accomplished artist, Marguerite greatly enjoyed painting and teaching ceramics. Portraits, flowers from her yard and items from the garden were often the subject matter for a painting or sketch. To own an original work of art by Marguerite was a true gift.

Marguerite’s beloved home and yard were perfection. Every room beautifully decorated with her own paintings, flowers from the yard or treasures from abroad. The yard was a beautiful collage of the flowers and plants she cared for year round. She enjoyed entertaining and would frequently invite ladies from the community for lunch, bridge or meetings. Marguerite never met a stranger; she warmly welcomed everyone into her home.

Marguerite was an exceptional woman, wife, mother, sister, grandmother, teacher and friend. She was a true gift, and is lovingly remembered for her grace, beauty, generosity, and appreciation for everything around her.

She will be greatly missed by all of her family: daughter Janet Blanchard (Ann), sister Francis Noel, son-in-law Bob Allen, daughter-in-law Sylvia Cherry (Ray), grandson Blaine Allen (Susan), granddaughter Benee King (Lee), grandson Chris Blanchard (Kim), granddaughter Amy Bradshaw (Clayton), and 10 great grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Rose Hill Baptist Church, 401 E. Main Street, Rose Hill, NC 28458.

The family will receive friends from 10:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, one hour prior to the Celebration of Life service at the church

The family would like to express its gratitude to the staff and residents at Rosemary Rest Home where Marguerite was welcomed and loved.

Memorial gifts may be given to the charity of your choice, or plant a flower and share its beauty with others.

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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Wallace. 910-285-4005