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It is with great sadness that the family of Mae Alice Thomas Blanchard, 87, of Memphis TN, announces her transition, Saturday, September 22, 2018.  She was 9 days from her 88th birthday, October 1, 1930, when she quietly and peacefully passed at Methodist Residence.

Mae Blanchard enjoyed teaching, singing in the choir, gardening, cooking, and hosting elaborate parties.  She enjoyed traveling with her family abroad as well as in the states to learn about new cultures while touring the world.

 Mae’s attitude about company and life included rolling out the red carpet, laughing, and freely demonstrating in both words and actions the designer original that her life exemplified.  She often asked others, as a reminder of their individual growth and development,   what lessons they learned (good or bad) from their life experiences. She taught Grade 6 with Memphis City Schools for 40 years and supported her alumni, church, and the Boys and Girls Club with service and charitable contributions throughout her lifetime.  Mae Blanchard also donated cars to Cars for Cancer to support research. Mae Blanchard was a member of St. Andrew A.M.E Church, received her B.A. from LeMoyne-Owen, and M.Ed. from the University of Memphis.   

Additionally, she was honored at her church, “Woman of the Year”, for her missionary service, monetary, and land contributions. Mae’s husband, Major Blanchard, in (’92) of almost 40 years and son, Daryl Blanchard, in (’03) preceded her in death as well as her sister, Jewel Wilson, in (’58) and brother, Willie Thomas, in (’78).  Her parents of Helena, Arkansas, J.T. Thomas and Rose Coleman Thomas preceded her in death in (’79) and (’58). Mae Blanchard is survived by her daughters Cheryl Bailey (Dr. James Riley)  of Arlington and Rosalyn Blanchard Robinson of Olive Branch,  grandchildren, Aja (Keston), Katia, Chloe, Evan (Celeste), and Bria, great grandchildren, Jada, Keston,  Kamil, and Kayla,  and a host of other relatives and friends who will tremendously miss the love and influence of the matriarch.The family will receive friends for visitation of their beloved Saturday, September 29, from 10 am until 12 noon, at R. S. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home, 2944 Walnut Grove Rd. A private Interment will follow in the family’s plot on Elmwood Cemetary’s grounds. For additional information, contact R. S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home, 2944 Walnut Grove Rd. In lieu of flower, gifts, or as your heart desires, send memorable contributions in her name to the American Cancer Society.

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  • Monday, September 24, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ R S Lewis and Sons FH
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    To the Family, so sorry for your loss. Hope you will be comforted in knowing that Mae has the prospect of being resurrected, healthy (in the flesh), to Paradise Earth just as Jehovah God has promised. In fact , the vast majority will enjoy everlasting life right here on earth as God had intended from the beginning. God's Kingdom will do this under the Rulership of Jesus Christ. READ John 5:28, 29, Job 14:14, 15,Psalms 37:29,Matthew 6:9,10 and Revelation 21:2-4
    ~ DW   Spring, TX
  • Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    I am so sorry for your loss, Mae sounded like a wonderful and very giving person. I pray you receive peace and comfort from the God of all comfort. 1 Corinthians 1:3
    ~ Mandolyn   Memphis, TN
  • Saturday, October 06, 2018
    To the family, please take comfort in Jehovah God words "he is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit. There will be a resurrection and sickness and death will be gone forever."Ps.34:18;83:18 John 5:28,29;Rev.21:4 For more comforting words, please visit: JW.ORG
    ~ Tricia
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018
    We're sorry to hear about your recent loss. May you find strength from the words of Philippians 4:13 which says: "For all things I have the strength through the one who gives me power." What a loving God who cares about each one of us. He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez