RIVERTON – Ruth M. Blanchard, 80, of Riverton died at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at Memorial Medical Center.
She was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Metropolis, the daughter of William and Ethel Stepter Horntrop. She married Robert J. Blanchard on December 24, 1946. He preceded her in death on March 1, 2005.
She was also preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by 2 daughters, Allison Fichtelman of St. Louis and Sandy (Mike) Cox of Statesville, NC; 2 sons, Randy Blanchard of Riverton and Shane Blanchard of Statesville, NC; 3 grandchildren; and a brother, Robert (Norma) Horntrop of Metropolis, IL.
Ruth was a homemaker and retired as a nurse from St. John’s Hospital after going back to school at the age of 51. She was a resident of Riverton most of her life.
She was a member of Bissell United Methodist Church and Eastern Star. She enjoyed traveling and experienced her first and only parachute jump at the age of 67.
Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Bissell United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Bissell United Methodist Church, Reverend Jack Joyner officiating. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2010, at Metropolis Memorial Gardens in Metropolis, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association , Alzheimer’s Association or Bissell United Methodist Church