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Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home Beltline Road

2951 S. Belt Line Road, Grand Prairie, TX

OBITUARY

Lillian Elizabeth Blanchard

July 30, 1929May 30, 2020

Lillian Blanchard, 90, passed away May 30, 2020 in Grand Prairie, Texas. She was born July 30, 1929 in Corinth, Mississippi to Noah S. Sweat and Vivien C. Dorsey Sweat. She had two older brothers and a twin sister. Lillian was raised in Corinth, and graduated from Corinth High School, then continued her education at the University of Mississippi, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in May 1951. While attending Ole Miss, she met the love of her life and future husband, Don Blanchard.

Lillian and Don married on October 5, 1951 at the First Methodist Church in Corinth. While living in Mississippi they had two sons, Don Jr. and Pat. In 1955, Don and Lillian moved their family to Grand Prairie, Texas for Don to continue his teaching, coaching, and administrative career with the Grand Prairie ISD. Meanwhile, Lillian left a secretarial position in Dallas to become a teacher with Grand Prairie, also. She began her career teaching typing and shorthand at Grand Prairie HS, and then moved to South Grand Prairie HS as their first Vocational Office Education teacher. She remained in that position until she retired.

Lillian and Don enjoyed square dancing, playing bridge and traveling across the country and in Europe. She also enjoyed numerous trips with Don as he played Senior Softball. She was also an avid reader and active in several women’s clubs, including the Women’s Club of Grand Prairie. Plus, she was involved with the local retired teacher’s group and was a lifetime member of the Methodist Church. Lillian enjoyed spending time with her family and leaves a lasting legacy with her family, her former students, and her fellow colleagues. She will be missed by her family, her many friends, and everyone who knew her.

Lillian was preceded in death by her lifetime love and husband, of 63 years, Don, Sr. in July 2015 and her parents, her two brothers, Dr. Tommy Sweat, Noah “Soggy” Sweat, and her beloved twin sister, Vivien “Ta” Comfort.

She is survived by her son Don Jr. and wife Dora of Van Alstyne, son Pat and his wife Wendy of Plano, grandchildren Felicia Hudson, Melissa Hagood and husband Josh, Brie Garlock and husband Wesley. She also has five great grandchildren, Brandon Hagood, Emily Hagood, Kolston Hudson, Lily Garlock, and Graeme Garlock.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be a private service held for Lillian on Wednesday. It will be led by Rev. Kathryn Strempke of the First United Methodist Church. Pallbearers will be Pat Langwith, Steve Blanchard, Phil Bailey, Paul May, and David Pecor. Lillian will be laid to rest with her deceased husband Don at the DFW National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grand Prairie Food Co-op, First United Methodist Church, or to a charity of your choice.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.beanmasseyburge.com for the Blanchard family.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Pat Langwith, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Steve Blanchard, Honorary Pallbearer
  • David Pecor, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Phil Bailey, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Paul May, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Funeral Service(restricted attendance) will be shown on Facebook Live

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020

    VIEW VIDEO

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Paul May

June 10, 2020

RIP Mrs.B. I loved you like a mother, which you were to me!!

Kim Carson

June 4, 2020

Lillian was a very dignified lady. A wonderful teacher and helpful friend, she will be remembered for her directness and kindness. My deepest condolences for her family.

Darla Mcdaniel

June 4, 2020

Lillian was a very special lady. She inspired me in so many ways. She was my 2nd mom to me in my VOE class in1983. She taught me so much on how to be able to make it in this crazy world. She was loving, caring and beautiful inside and out. She will always be remembered and has always had a special place in my heart. Love ya, Darla Dutton class of 1983

Debra Horsman

June 4, 2020

Mrs. Blanchard was one of my favorite teachers ever. If you met her she left a lasting impression on you. She was one of the kindest people I have ever known. I played on the tennis team so I couldn’t do the 2nd Vocational class my senior year so she made me her teachers aide. When we had our district tennis tournament on our home court, I can still remember seeing her right at the fence watching and cheering me on. She was one of the most supportive teachers I ever had. Sending prayers to her family.

Joy Denbow

June 3, 2020

What a lovely woman and great example Mrs. Blanchard was. I’m very blessed to have had her as a teacher. She always had a smile on her face. Please accept my condolences.

Pat and Linda Langwith

June 3, 2020

Pat has so many fond memories of traveling with the softball teams. Lillian and Don were a true joy to be around. What a Blessing to know them both. God Bless the family.

JIM & JERRIE BUEHRIG

June 3, 2020

Lillian and Don took us under their wing when we first arrived at Mt. Creek Retirement. We enjoyed Bridge, Shuffle Board, and WII bowling, and watched Don and Lillian get their 300 games. A Picture of each adorns the TV Shelf. Lillian always had a smile and
good conversation for everyone. We will miss her.
Jim and Jerrie Buehrig.

Betty Hulse

June 3, 2020

Lillian and Don were such an asset to Grand Prairie. They both served the Grand Prairie School District for many, many years. They were also active throughout the Community. They are together again and will be missed.

Beverly Fitzgerald

June 3, 2020

I watched the service for Lillian and it was lovely. Your Mother was such an inspiration. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God comfort you and all of your loved ones.

Kevin Hudson

June 3, 2020

With all my love and condolences to the Blanchard family.
Rest easy Dear Gigi. It was an honor to know and love you.

FROM THE FAMILY