|Beth Turner Howard Blanchard
-- Patricia Sullivan The Washington Post 2009
Beth Blanchard, 88, a church member and wife of a four-star Army general, died of atrial
fibrillation Sept. 19 at the Fairfax retirement community near Fort Belvoir.
Mrs. Blanchard, a member of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in McLean, made 27
different homes for her family during her husband's 37-year Army career. They lived in the
Washington area six times, including 19 years in retirement.
Born Beth Turner Howard in Birmingham, Ala., she grew up there and in New Orleans
before moving to Washington. She graduated in 1939 from Western High School in
the District and attended American University, where she met George S. Blanchard,
whom she would later marry. She graduated from George Washington University in 1943,
and Blanchard graduated a year later from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
She managed the multiple tours in Europe and elsewhere, raising four girls, sending them
to college and arranging four weddings while fulfilling the duties of the spouse of a military
officer. After her husband retired in 1979, he and she settled in McLean for 11 years. The
moved to North Carolina for 10 years, then returned to the Washington area to live at the
Her husband of almost 62 years died in 2006.
Survivors include four daughters, Kate Hausner of Gambrills, Md., Deborah Roell of
Boulder, Colo., and Marylou Hennessey and Blythe Watkins, both of Norfolk; eight
grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.