Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


Marilyn Lauder Blanchard, a keen supporter of artists and a playful prankster, passed away on July 14, 2023, after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband William (Bill) Blanchard, son Tim (Martha Hoyle) Peterson, stepson Scott (Stephanie) Blanchard, and stepdaughter Kristian (Virginia) Justice-Blanchard. She also leaves behind grandchildren, Misha Peterson, and Matthew and Olivia Blanchard. Beyond her immediate family, she was a beloved Aunt to many nieces and nephews and a devoted caretaker of family stories. She was preceded in death by her first husband, the Rev. Carl W. Peterson, brothers Earl, Jack and Jim Lauder, and sister Bonnie Jones (Lauder).

Marilyn was born in Louisville, Ky., on February 19, 1940 to Earl Flynn Lauder and Bessie May Lauder. She pursued her education at the University of Louisville before venturing to New York City in the mid-60s to join her first husband. They returned to Kentucky in the 70s, and settled in several places: Morganfield, Bowling Green and Glasgow. It was during this time, while working in advertising, she honed her infallible eye as a copy editor. In 1980, her family moved to Wooster, Ohio, and Marilyn engaged herself in civic and community activities, contributing to the garden club and an investment club. She also worked with dedication at Murr’s Printing & Graphics.

Marilyn had two long and loving marriages, the first with Carl and the second with Bill, whom she married in 1992. She and Bill shared a love for the Ohio Light Opera and served as board members for years, remaining emeritus directors until her passing. Together, they embarked on adventures, exploring Japan, Alaska, and various destinations throughout the United States.

A lifelong Episcopalian, Marilyn was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church and St. Christopher’s Anglican Church in Wooster, where she made many dear friends.

A memorial and celebration of Marilyn’s life will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at 11:00 AM at St. James Episcopal Church, 201 N. Market St., Wooster.

In lieu of flowers, they kindly request donations to be made to the Ohio Light Opera or Ohio’s LifeCare Hospice in her memory.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

May Marilyn’s soul rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon her.


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