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Darnell Blanchard

Blanchard Darnell OBIT

A Celebration of Life

Darnell Blanchard was the second child of Robert Jones and Naomi Buford Jones. She was born on October 30, 1941 in Birmingham, Alabama. Her family moved to Cleveland. Ohio in 1944. She attended Cleveland Public schools and graduated from John Adams High School in 1960. She then went on to attend Kent State University. During her career she was personnel director, Manager of the Military Clothing Sales Store and an Accountant for the AAFES. She retired on October 30, 2002.

She met the love of her life, Edwin Blanchard in June of 1959 and they were married on May 5, 1962. From that union Michael E. Blanchard was born on March 29,1963.

Darnell was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, of 59 years, Edwin Blanchard, and her son Michael (Mary), grandson Sean Michael, and great grandchildren Sean Jaylen, Chloe Darnell, Rylee Renee, and Jaylen Isiah. Siblings Robert Jones Jr. (Carol), Barbara Hughes, Alvin D. Jones, Cris Ann Benford (Albert). Sister-in-laws Melba Blanchard and Sheila Randle. And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was baptized and is a current member of Lane Metropolitan C.M.E. church Cleveland, Ohio. She was a talented artist and martial arts expert. She was a proud member of the Retired Enlisted Association Auxiliary, The American Legion Auxiliary and DAV Auxiliary.

The family suggests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10AM November 10 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona. Burial will follow directly at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.



Darnell was compassionate, determined, and dedicated. She was always willing to help other people. She loved to comfort you with food and drink. Her home was always open. If she was going to be involved in anything, it had to be done right, or not at all. There was no in-between! She loved her family and her life long goal was to make Edwin happy. She truly was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. You will always be missed. May God bless your soul and may you rest in peace. Barbara Hughes, sister

My sister Darnell has always been the perfect example for myself and my siblings. She has always been there for me, always. She set the living and value standards for all of us. She always lived a clean, proud and loving life. I am going to miss her so much. God bless her soul. Alvin Jones, brother

My Aunt Darnell was the poster child for feminism. She was always perfectly dressed and with perfect makeup, and never had a hair out of place. It took her hours and hours and hours to get to that point, but she always got there! A lot of people didn’t know this, but Aunt Darnell and I had a mutual love for scary movies. I loved talking to my Aunt about scary movies that we had seen, and sending her a list of new scary movies that she may not have seen yet. I love you Auntie and will miss you. I will keep watching scary movies until we meet again and can watch them together.
Dawn Robinson, Niece

5 Comments on “Darnell Blanchard

  1. To my Uncle Edwin & Cousin Micheal , My family and I send lots of Prayers & Love to you and the rest of the family ! I remember my Aunt Darnell being such a Classy Proper sweet lady ! She carried herself so well, definitely someone looked up to as a role model. On how to carry yourself like a lady ! Well put together always !

  2. My prayers and thoughts for the family during this time of bereavement.
    I remember when Darnell lived in the Country Meadows neighborhood on Orangewood Dr. and working with her at the Base Exchange, she was always friendly and willing to support us in anyway possible.

    Toni & Leon Jones
    Glendale AZ

  3. On behalf of my wife and I, we’d like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Chief Ed Blanchard and his family. It was with great surprise and sadness that we leaned about Darnell’s passing. She was a classy lady and always had a good word for everyone. It was easy to see that she and Ed enjoyed a life, long love for each other. During the Chief’s 30 year’s in the Air Force, Darnell played an invaluable roll throughout his career. When he had remote assignments overseas, she kept the family together and insured that everything was alright so that Ed didn’t have to worry. At formal functions, she always enjoyed the event and made everyone feel at ease and welcome. Darnell was a great lady and a good friend for almost 25 years. We will miss her, but know that she is in a better place with no pain or sorrow, as our Lord promises. Darnell left many fond memories that will never be forgotten. We pray for Ed and the family during this difficult time.

  4. Uncle Ed , Sending hugs and kisses. Praying for you and the family. And know that you will see her again.

  5. So sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family.

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