Earline Marie Blanchard Garitty passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at the age of 97. She was the cherished wife of 40 years to the late Richard Thomas Garitty Jr. Loving mother of Kathy Sakowski, Debby Strader (the late David), Pam Lacoste (Bruce), Denise Holley and the late JoAnn Reading. Daughter of the late Arthur Blanchard and Elta Vegas Blanchard. Sister of the late Allen, Earl and Elta. Proud grandmother of Colleen, Dawn, Deanna, Suzie, Stanley III, Heather, Amy, Matthew, Bruce Jr., Jennifer, Richard, Justin and Kristin. She is also survived and fondly remembered by her 22 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.
Earline was born in New Orleans, LA and she embraced life with a contagious spirit and a heart full of love. She found joy in being a member of AARP and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Senior Citizens Group. Earline was known for her diverse interests. Her love for bowling, the excitement of bingo, the thrill of visiting the casino, and her passion for travel were among her favorite pastimes. As an avid Saints football fan, she cheered passionately for her team, bringing her enthusiasm to every game day. Above all, Earline's greatest source of happiness was found in her family. She adored her children, treasured moments spent with her grandchildren, and found sheer delight in the presence of her great-grandchildren. Earline will be dearly missed and forever remembered for the warmth and love she shared with everyone around her. May her vibrant spirit continue to live on in the hearts of those she touched.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at ST. BERNARD MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Monday, December 11, 2023 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, followed by a Funeral Mass in Earline’s memory beginning at 1:00 PM. She will be laid to rest in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery No. 3, New Orleans, LA.