Rachel M. "Babe" (Picard) Blair

Born: Thu., Nov. 23, 1933
Died: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017


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Whitinsville – Rachel M. “Babe” (Picard) Blair, 83, passed away at the Hellenic Nursing Home in Canton where she had been a resident the past 9 months.  
     She was predeceased by her husband of 32 years, Henry J. Blair in 1985.  She is survived by 4 children Darlene Colelli and her husband Vincent of Pittsburgh, PA, Daniel Blair of Uxbridge, Mary Jane Gendreau and her husband David of Quincy, and Linda Blair and her wife Maura Albert of Arlington, MA; 5 grandchildren who lovingly referred to her as “Grammy Rachel”, Stephen Colelli and his wife Katie, Kristen Colelli, Rachel, Lauren, and Michael Gendreau; a sister Gertrude Mahoney; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.  She was predeceased by 7 siblings, Oscar, Eugene, Gerard, Doralis, Lucille, Rita, and Theresa.  Born in Whitinsville, MA on Nov. 23, 1933 she was the daughter of Phydime and Florida (Therrien) Picard and was a graduate of Northbridge High School, Class of 1952.
     Rachel worked at the former Bernat Yarn Mills Outlet many years and the Northbridge Public School System, retiring at age 75.  She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church.  Family was of the utmost importance to Rachel.  She loved raising her children, spending time with her grandchildren and her extended family.  She considered her siblings her “best friends” and planned many family gatherings and Christmas dinners over the years.  She was very active and enjoyed golfing, getting a hole-in-one at Nichols College golf course, bowling, knitting, and the occasional trip to the casino.   The family would like to extend a very special thank you to her caregivers Julie and Barbara for the care and compassion given to Rachel during her stay at Hellenic Nursing Home.
     Her funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.  To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com

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Don Frabotta
   Posted Thu February 16, 2017
She always seemed to have a kind word and a smile for those around her.
My condolences to the family.

Arthur G Guillaume Jr.
   Posted Thu February 16, 2017
So sorry to read of Babe's passing. Condolences to all the Blair and Picard family members.
She will be remembered in my prayers this evening.

Diane Zuidema McKeon
   Posted Fri February 17, 2017
Linda and family,
Very sorry to hear of your moms passing. May you find love and strength thru this and comfort in your memories.

Mary kate Austin
   Posted Fri February 17, 2017

THE COLOR OF MEMORIES TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Stephen and Katie Colelli.


Patricia Webber
   Posted Sun February 19, 2017
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. The Webber family of Milford, MA.

Joan St.Andre
   Posted Mon February 20, 2017
To the entire Blair family , my sincerest sympathy and prayers to all of you at this sad time. Always loved bumping into Aunt Babe....a ready smile, a story and a great laugh. Many memories from my childhood playing in her yard with Linda and Mary Jane. May she rest in peace and may your memories and love for her remain in your heart until you meet again. Sincerely, Joan

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