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Shirley Ruth (Castle) Blanchard

Posted 2023-01-18 by mhenderson
Published by Today's News Herald on Jan. 18, 2023 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -

Lake Havasu City has lost one of its beloved pioneers.

Shirley Ruth Blanchard, also known as "The Queen", age 93 passed away
Jan. 11, 2023 in the comforts of Prestige Assisted Living. Shirley was a
loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many.

Shirley was born Oct. 30, 1929 in Los Angeles to Edna and Ernest Castle.
She married Don Blanchard Jan. 19, 1947. They had three sons, Russ, Tim,
and Chris Blanchard. The family camped on the Site 6 point before a city
was thought to be created. They moved from Pico Rivera, California to
Havasu Landing in 1966. As Lake Havasu City began to develop, Don
travelled by boat from across the lake to manage the Lake Havasu Airport
on the Island and moved his family to the city in 1973 where they
remained happily until Don's passing in 1998. Shirley continued to live
life to its fullest. She loved to travel, visit the casinos, play cards
with friends, garage sale, and spend time with her family which was her
greatest pleasure.

Shirley will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by
her son Chris (Sue) Blanchard, daughter-In-Law, LaVaune Blanchard,
grandchildren: Rhonda McKenney (Shawn), Tammie Lujan (Trevor), Dustin
Blanchard (Diana), Joey Blanchard (Katherine), Jason Blanchard
(Danielle), Jamie Blanchard, and Callie Sanford (Jesse), 14 great
grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husband, Don Blanchard (10/1/1998), son,
Russ Blanchard (11/19/2021), son, Tim Blanchard (11/20/2021), and
daughter-In-law Debbie Blanchard (11/24/2021).

"Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge
– meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it.
Life is love – enjoy it."

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lake Havasu City
Professional Firefighters Association or the Western Arizona Humane

Arrangements were made by Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home.

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