Rose Blanchard was in hospice care in Las Vegas, Nevada, for a short time before she passed on Dec. 7, 2023, at 5:48 p.m. Chaplin read Psalm 23 to her. She was 87 years old. Her daughter Sharon Blanchard, son Jeff Blanchard and granddaughter Christina Richey were by her bedside. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Jerome Blanchard, sister Ruth Grogan, brother Harold Gharring, and her parents, Clarence and Clela Gharring.
Rose grew up Nelson, Nebraska. Her father was a farmer and she helped on the farm. Her mother died when Rose was 16. She met Jerome Blanchard in Seattle, and they were married in 1960. They moved from there to Ephrata, Washington, Portland, Oregon, and then Winthrop, Washington, where they built their home and their children grew up.
Jerome was the Town Marshal and maintenance person. They became EMTs on a volunteer basis. It was 60 miles to the nearest hospital. Jerry built a house of logs standing on end. Not your typical log cabin. It had six bedrooms, four baths, a complete kitchen and living room both upstairs and downstairs and two huge fireplaces.
They stayed in Winthrop for several years where she ran a local babysitting service. After the children left the house, they moved to Hamilton, Montana, and built another house in 1992. After Jerome passed in 2005, Mom moved in with Sharon in 2006. She then married Doug Jennings in 2008 and lived with Sharon for two years until they moved to Yucca, Arizona, where they built their home and current residence when she passed.
Rose loved making quilts and got the parachute material from the local smokejumper base, years ago, different designs and throughout her life made many quilts for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, numerous nephews and nieces.
She is survived by her children, DeeAnn Hartnup, Todd Blanchard, Sharon Blanchard and Jeff Blanchard; grandchildren Christina Richey and Abraham Hartnup; and great-grandchildren Scarlett Hartnup, Emily Richey and Jacob Richey. She would not want us to be sad. But to celebrate her life with funny stories.