Beverly Jean Blanchard

8 April, 193011 January, 2021

Beverly Blanchard

Born – April 8, 1930 Died – January 11, 2021

Born to James and Notay Klum, Beverly and her older brother Jimmy were raised in St. Johns and attended Roosevelt High School. She married Richard Blanchard on the 10th of November 1951. Dick and Beverly had three children, Jill (1954), Jody (1957), and Richard (1966). Beverly had eight grandchildren, Ty Callicotte, Bryce Merrill, Jayci LaFleur, Kristin Callicotte, Drew Callicotte, Lyndi Merrill, Travis Blanchard, and Matthew Blanchard. At the time of her passing Beverly had nine great grandchildren.

Beverly had the good fortune of being survived by Richard, her husband of 69 years, all of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was also survived by her beloved nephews Jim Klum, Steve Klum, John Klum, Curt Phillips, sister-in-law Phyllis Phillips daughter-in-law Lisa and sons-in-law Craig and Zed. All of who were in her loving thoughts during her final days as they were through out her life.

Beverly was predeceased by: Ric Phillips, Mike Blanchard, and Pat Blanchard.

A sunny summer day in St. Johns some years ago, Beverly walked with her grandchildren to the end of Crawford Street. There among the brambles the children picked blackberries that she would bake into a pie and serve in the warmth of her kitchen to nourish them with love. This memory, planted back then like a seed in the mind, is now but one small blossom in the rich and overflowing meadow of our collective remembrance of her life. A life, dedicated to her family. Beverly was ever the cheerleader and supporter of all those she loved, a fixture at the children’s recitals, plays, and sporting events. Her home was always open, not only to those she loved, but to all their friends. A wonderful and gracious host, Bev knew how to throw a party. Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations at her home were the focal point around which her family gathered and generated so many wonderful memories.

Always quick with a joke and happy to laugh, Beverly’s presence will be missed by all those who knew her. Her renowned banter cannot be duplicated. Her spirit was resilient in the face of life’s hardships and the example she set is instructive. The difficulties and uncertainties of the world limit that which one can truly control, however one can always choose to be kind. So, let us all follow Beverly’s example, and be kind.


  • No public services will take place at this time


Beverly Jean Blanchard

have a memory or condolence to add?

Mary corah

January 18, 2021

I have always had a place in my heart for Bev and the last time we spoke she was 90, it was a birthday call, though we called for no
reason except to get the latest news on the grand kids.
I will miss her being at the end of my phone to talk to,

I wish the family peace and good memories to carry all their lives

Mary and Dale

Mary Ellen Siebert

January 17, 2021

Bev was always a second mother to me and my siblings. I loved going over to her backyard and playing basketball with Ritchie.
One great memory was going into her basement and hooking up the weight loss machine to my stomach/hips and laughing the whole time. When Dick bought the Honda 50 motorcycle, the family was the coolest on the block. So many wonderful memories with the Blanchard's. With love Mary Ellen

Jana Ripley

January 17, 2021

Bev knew no stranger. She was a friend to all! How she loved to laugh! And she loved playing bingo! I even remember her favorite number (her queenship number) was N44! She and Dick raised a beautiful family - all loving kids... just like them. She made many memories and will never be forgotten. May she Rest In Peace now. My condolences to her family.

Katie Brady

January 16, 2021

Dear Aunt Bev! She was one in a million. I had the great blessing of sharing a birthday with her and she never forgot it. Aunt Bev always made everyone she was with feel so special, she cared so deeply! Oh she will be missed but never forgotten.
Sincere Condolences-
Katie Brady

Betsy Willing

January 16, 2021

Beautiful words about Great Aunt Bev! I can just hear her unforgettable laugh. They just don't make characters like her and her brother anymore. You are in our hearts and prayers. Love, Betsy Willing

Karla Farr

January 14, 2021

My condolences to your family in the loss of a wonderful mother, grandmother, wife and friend.
I grew up with Jill and her house was my second home. Bev always treated me like one of her own. I spent whole summers at her house, in the pool, eating their food, staying the night, having campouts and being another annoying teenager. She and Dick made me feel welcome.
I will forever remember her kindness and laughter. It was a very happy place for me to be.