Mary Lou Blanchard

March 29, 1927 - May 25, 2017

Mary Lou Blanchard of Tustin passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Autumnwood of McBain. She was 90.

Mary Lou was born in Tustin to David and Inez (Hartman) Eastlund and they preceded her in death. On January 5, 1946 she married Wayne A. Blanchard and he also preceded her in death on July 12, 2000.

She graduated from Tustin High School in 1944 and had worked for the State of Michigan in various locations throughout Michigan and retired in 1985. Mary Lou had lived in Tustin for many years and was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church of Tustin and the Dorcas Circle there for many years. She was a Life Member of the Eastern Star and enjoyed cross word puzzles, word searches, soap opera and the game show network.

She is survived by her children: Michael (Nancy) Blanchard of Leroy, Dave (Valerie) Blanchard of Evart, and Sandra (Lee) Osterland of West Branch; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a brother, Edgar Eastlund and a sister, Ina Mae Eastlund and 7 sisters-in-law and 5 brothers-in-law.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Tustin with Rev. Keith Bergstrom officiating. Friends may meet the family Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM at Peterson Funeral & Cremation Services in Cadillac. Burial will take place at Burdell Township Cemetery in Tustin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church of Tustin. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

Trish, Jason, Emma and Claire - May 26th, 2017 10:56 pm

"Our prayers and thoughts are with all the family. We pray that you may find comfort knowing she is at peace. She was a wonderful, caring, thoughtful woman and will be missed. "

Bruce, Sherry, Megan and Michael Tower - May 29th, 2017 8:13 pm

"We hold you in our hearts in this time of sorrow, family are so special, you are in our thoughts and prayers. "

Carlton and Shelby Plyler - May 30th, 2017 10:49 pm

"Mary Lou was such a joy to be around. Our sympathy to all the family."

Dale & Denise Johnson - May 31st, 2017 1:50 pm

"Sandy and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. We know what a hard time this is but remember the memories you have that will last forever. Hugs my friend..."

Nancy Watson Remy - Jun 3rd, 2017 11:32 am

"Extending deepest sympathy to Mary Lou's family. I have so many fond memories of visiting your Mom when I came to Michigan with my Mom, Pat Watson. They were such good friends for many, many years. Rest is peace, sweet friend!"

Susan Watson Dayton - Jun 7th, 2017 7:27 am

"I lost my Mom (Patricia Toland Watson) in 2016 and Mary Lou was one of her dearest friends. Whenever we went to Michigan we had to visit Mary Lou! They both had long, wonderful lives. May they rest in peace now! My condolences to all your family. "

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