Nancy Schumacher Blanchard passed away on January 17, 2021, in Dallas, TX at age 93. She was born December 22, 1927, in St. Louis, MO to Dr. Harry and Mrs. Helen Schumacher of Altamont, IL. Nancy’s interest in the field of medicine grew while working alongside her father, the town physician. During an internship at Roosevelt’s camp for polio patients in Warm Springs, GA, Nancy’s pursuit of a physical therapy career was launched. In 1946, Nancy graduated from Monticello Jr. College, in Godfrey, IL. In 1951, she earned a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She also received training at the University of OK and Southwestern School of Medicine. Nancy’s career as a Physical Therapist spanned fifty years and included work at Parkland, Baylor, and Doctors Hospitals, as well as her own home healthcare agency.
Nancy married Frank Hancock Blanchard on October 9, 1954 at Cox Memorial Chapel of Highland Park Methodist Church in Dallas. While working full-time in her career, Nancy raised two sons, Doug and Brian, and she was supportive in husband Frank’s many endeavors as a civil engineer and builder. Nancy and Frank enjoyed travel and a passion for raising and showing Brussels griffon dogs. She was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was a voracious reader with an appetite for mysteries. Nancy’s intelligence, independence, and tenacity will long be remembered by her family and friends. Predeceased by husband, Frank Hancock Blanchard on Dec.14, 2001, she is survived by sons, Frank Douglas Blanchard of New York and Brian Ray Blanchard; and daughter-in-law, Dianne, of Dallas. No funeral service is planned. Donations to Scottish Rite Hospital for Children are appreciated.