Nancy Blanchard

First post: Jul 1, 2022 Latest post: Jan 15, 2023
On June 27, 2022, Nancy Blanchard (St. Amand, nee Goodman) rode steed on a monsoon chariot ascending high above the clouds of her beloved Mt. Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona. Born September 29, 1944, Nancy died peacefully after a 15-year struggle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Nancy was a much-loved mother not only her own 4 children, but to 4 step-children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and many other children and teenagers she worked with. She was a friend, neighbor, sister, aunt, wife, crafter, bargain hunter, and dog lover. 

Nancy was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Missouri, a Master of Arts in Special Education from Oakland University, and a Master of Arts in School Counseling from University of Phoenix.  She accepted her first teaching position in Algonac, MI in 1967. She met and married Jack St. Amand and together, they raised their 4 children on Harsens Island, Michigan. In 1983, they moved as a family to Tucson, AZ. Nancy worked for 20 years within Tucson Unified School District as a Special Education Teacher and then later as a Guidance Counselor. In 1996, she married Ron Blanchard. Together, they watched their adult children marry and have children of their own, giving Nancy the cherished title of Grandma. 

She is survived by her former husbands: Jack (Diane) St. Amand and Ron Blanchard, her children and grandchildren: Madaliene (Ben) Schalet and their children Pearl and Matilda, Megan St. Amand and her children Alex and Lizzie Uradnik, Anne-Marie Zamora and her children June and Faye, and Nate (Jackie) St. Amand and their children Liam and Addie. In addition, she is survived by step-children Michael (Tiffany) Blanchard, their children Chelsea and Ryan, Karen (John) Harness, their daughter Eva, Paul Blanchard, and Kathleen Blanchard. Additionally, Nancy leaves behind her two sisters Sue (Dan) Boyd and Arleen Stone. Nancy lived a full, exuberant life and built relationships with many people including: Alpha Chi Omega sisters, friends from Michigan, Wrightstown Square, and San Domingo, “The Goddesses”, educators, parents, and students from TUSD, and volunteers at Agua Caliente Park. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: 


John Harness’ Go Fund Me Account. John, Nancy’s son-in-law, was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome. He has been hospitalized since November 28, 2021. 
To Donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/yxaxw3-harness-family
For more information on GBS/CIPS: https://www.gbs-cidp.org (https://www.gofundme.com/f/yxaxw3-harness-family)

Or consider a donation to Nancy’s favorite park, Agua Caliente, where she volunteered her time. 
To Donate: https://friendsofaguacaliente.org/donate/

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