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Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sept. 6, 1932 to James and Elizabeth Duggan, the youngest of five children (John, Virginia, James, and Mary Ellen), Blanche was raised in Cincinnati, where she received a Catholic education. She was awarded an academic scholarship and graduated from The Summit Country Day School.
After high school, Blanche met her future husband Roger on a blind date at a Sigma Chi Ball, and they married in 1953. In the early years of their marriage, Blanche and Roger and their growing family lived in Cincinnati and Munich, Germany, where Roger was stationed in the army. In 1963, the family relocated to Davis, California, where Roger began work as a hematologist at the UC Davis Primate Center.
After Blanche and Rogers youngest child entered school, Blanche went to work at JC Penneys in Woodland, California, where she was a dedicated and well-loved employee, supervisor and co-worker for 25 years; for many years before her retirement, she managed the Catalog Department. A people person known for her graciousness and good humor, Blanche touched many peoples lives.
A wonderful wife and mother, Blanche nurtured and inspired all her family with her kindness and loving affection, her radiant joy for life. Her family cherishes memories of her conversation, her love of nature, her ready laugh and buoyant spirit, her deep appreciation for the simple pleasures and beauties of life: camping trips to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe, day trips to San Francisco, and nightly summer jaunts to the local Dairy Queen. She will be deeply missed.
Blanche is survived by her husband of 56 years, Roger Sullivan; her only living sibling, Mary Ellen Jacobs of Cincinnati; her six children, Kevin, Bill (Piper), Michael, Jane (David Gilhooly), Jim (Denise), and Anne (Bobbie Saltzman); her nine grandchildren, Heather (Brian Flood), Christopher, John, Haley, Thomas, Leslie, Sarah, Hannah, and Leah; her four great-grandchildren, Christopher, Delaney, Jordan, and Michael, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family wishes to thank all those who assisted with their mothers care. We offer a special thanks to Yolo Adult Day Center, St. Johns Manor West, and Yolo Hospice for their loving attentiveness and gentle care of Blanche.
A Rosary for Blanche will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 116 D Street, Davis, CA, and a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24, at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B Street, Davis, CA. All those who wish to attend are welcome.
Dearest family of Blanche. I was so sad to hear of the passing of your beloved mother. She was so special to me. Sorry I could not attend her services.I also feel so bad about not getting over there to visit her.Steve and I send our condolences to each of you the family she loved so much. God bless you each one. I loved your mother very much,and will never fotget her. Love. Jackie Hand
Jackie Hand Apr 29 2009 12:00 AM
Dear Jane and family, I am so sorry to read about the passing of your mom. I have such fond memories of growing up on Lehigh and even more when you moved to Pecan. Your mom was always so beautiful and full of life and I am honored to have known her. I send you and your family my condolences.
Susan Towne Apr 23 2009 12:00 AM
To all of you, our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. Aunt Blanche will be remembered with a great deal of love by all of us. On behalf of Ginny and Tim, Chuckie and Jeanette, Mark and Dianne, Chris and Brooke.
Ginny and Tim Mannix Apr 23 2009 12:00 AM
To the family, we are thinking of you all at this difficult time. Our prayers are with you for strength and peace during this difficult time. We have wonderful memories of your Mom at family parties and during our wonderful trip to Ireland. Your Mom was such a joy on our trip with her delight of every new sight and every new advendture during our trip. It was something that we will always remember. You will all have wonderful memories to cherish as well, the family was everything to your Mom. Her face would light up when talking about the children and grandchildren. What a wonderful Mother you were blessed with for so many years and what wonderful memories you will have to cherish always. Our love and prayers are with you all. Mark and Debby.
Mark and Debby Jacobs Apr 22 2009 12:00 AM