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Eudora Marcella (Ellis) Blanchard, 93, of Southport, formerly of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at her home.
Born on Dec. 8, 1920, in Marshall County, she was the daughter of John Linus and Mary Jane (Atha) Ellis.
She graduated in 1938 as salutatorian from Tippecanoe High School. Her class was the first in Indiana required to earn a four-year degree for elementary education majors when she graduated in 1942 from Central Normal College in Danville. She had been a member of Delta Sigma Kappa sorority, Iota Chapter since college.
On April 9, 1946, she was united in marriage to Marion L. Blanchard in Fort Wayne. They lived in Columbia City until they moved to Fort Wayne in 1955 and then to Southport in 1997.
Over the course of 40 years while raising their family, she taught 30 years in elementary schools in Marshall, Whitley and Allen counties. She taught in the 1940s at Tippecanoe School. She taught in the 1940s and 1950s at Thorncreek Elementary in Columbia City, in the 1950s at Lincoln Elementary in Fort Wayne, in the 1960s at James Smart Elementary in Fort Wayne and from 1966-1982 at Shambaugh Elementary in Fort Wayne. She retired in 1982.
She was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Indianapolis, and previously in Fort Wayne.
Survivors include four sons, Les K. Blanchard of Burgdorf, Germany, Myron L. Blanchard and Kevin L. Blanchard (Gay), both of Southport and Mark L. Blanchard (Susan) of Jacksonville, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Lothar Schneider, Jan Blanchard, Chris Moss, Karma Williams, Jordan Blanchard, Megan Blanchard, Mitchell Blanchard, Ryan Blanchard; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Marion; three brothers, John Linus, Marion and John Frank Ellis and a sister, Eunice Ditton.
A service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at Community of Christ Church, 3223 Hobson Rd. in Fort Wayne, with Allen and Alycia Smith officiating. Visitation is from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens in Fort Wayne.
Arrangements are being handled by Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Home in Indianapolis. Visit online at www.wilsonstpierre.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Outreach International, P.O. Box 210, Independence, Mo. 64051.