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Beverly Pauline (Ruthford) Blanchette, 87, longtime resident of Duluth, went to be with her Lord Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at St. Eligius Healthcare Center.

Beverly worked at the North Western Bell Telephone Co., before marring Gerald Blanchette on Aug. 23, 1947. Together they owned and operated a gas station/grocery store.

Beverly most loved being with her family and camping. She loved dancing and went dancing every Saturday night with her husband.

Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald in 1999; a son, Barry P. and infant daughter, Teresa M.; her parents; sisters, Jessie Thompson and Minty Anderson; brothers, Robert Ruthford and Richard Ruthford.

She is survived by her daughters, Sharon (Dennis) Parendo of Duluth and Cindy (Jerry) Woods of Bloomington, Minn.; four granddaughters, Dawn Parendo, Heather (Mark) McGrew, Jenny (Peter) Scholtes and Melinda (David) Vaughn; four great-grandchildren, Noah, Austin, Adam and Riley; a sister, Nancy Sodeman and brothers, Gordon Ruthford and Donald (Maxine) Ruthford; many nieces and nephews.

Many thanks to St. Eligius for years of loving caregiving to Beverly.

GATHERING OF FAMIY AND FRIENDS: 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. memorial service Friday, March 21, in Cremation Society of Minnesota, 4100 Grand Ave., 624-5200. Inurnment will be at Oneota Cemetery later in the spring.