Vicki Monday Blanchard, age 67, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020 at her residence, surrounded by family. She was born July 30, 1952 in Oak Ridge and was a Roane County High School graduate, Class of 70. Vicki was a member of First Baptist Church Concord & a former member of First Baptist Church Kingston. She retired from ORNL as an Administrative Assistant and had also worked as a bank teller for ORNL Credit Union. Vicki served as former chairman and longtime member of the Michael Dunn Center Board of Directors and was honored to serve on the advisory board for the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Vicki spent countless hours of time and energy to ensure that her son, Steven, had every opportunity to thrive. From her 16 years as chair of the Michael Dunn Golf Tournament, to championing the construction of the first two Supported Living homes in the community, to searching for and making a reality the unique opportunity of dolphin therapy, she was the biggest advocate to Steven and all of his friends and classmates.
As her children were growing up, she never missed an event or performance. Vicki was a staple on many band trips. She never quite knew who or how many she would wake up to on a Saturday morning, but she always had breakfast ready and made them feel loved and welcomed in her home.
Vicki’s love multiplied when her grandchildren were born. From countless sleepovers, to manicures and pedicures, to endless shopping sprees, she never grew tired of spending time with her girls. Being called Nana was her greatest joy. Preceded in death by her son, Steven David Wright; stepson, Scott Blanchard; parents, Horace Maynard “H.M.” & Margaret “Polly” Monday; brother, Jack Monday.
Loving Husband of 25 years Ronald D. Blanchard of Knoxville
Son Jeff Wright & wife, Shannon of Knoxville
Step-daughter Angie Collins & husband, Jay of Brentwood
Sister Becky Lawson & husband, Jerry of Kingston
Grandchildren Cameron & Madison Wright of Knoxville
Shelby Rose & husband, Walker of Knoxville
Allyson, Will & Luke Collins of Brentwood
Sister-in-law Sherry Jo Dimitri & husband, Mike of Tullahoma
Brother-in-law Clifton Blanchard & wife, Mona of Oak Ridge
Special Friends Debbie Hood, Sheila Woodell & Elaine Inman of Kingston
Karen Rutig of Knoxville
And a host of extended family and dear friends who will miss her immensely.
Friends of Vicki are welcome to stop by to sign the register book & pay their respects between the hours of 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Fraker Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held for the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Michael Dunn Foundation, in Vicki’s memory, at Michaeldunncenter.org. Envelopes will also be available at Fraker Funeral Home on Thursday. An online register book can be signed at FrakerFuneralHome.net.
Fraker Funeral Home of Kingston overseeing arrangements.
In memory of Vicki, please send memorial contributions to the Michael Dunn Center www.michaeldunncenter.org/
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Vicki Blanchard, please visit our floral store.