Vicki Monday Blanchard, age 67, of Knoxville, formerly of Roane County, passed away March 28, 2020. She was born July 30, 1952 and was a Roane County High School graduate, Class of 1970. 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; and brother: Jack Monday.
Survivors include her husband of 25 years: Ronald D. Blanchard; son: Jeff Wright (Shannon) of Knoxville; step-daughter: Angie Collins (Jay) of Brentwood; sister: Becky Lawson (Jerry) of Kingston; grandchildren: Cameron & Madison Wright of Knoxville, Shelby Rose (Walker) of Knoxville, and Allyson, Will & Luke Collins of Brentwood; sister-in-law: Sherry Jo Dimitri (Mike) of Tullahoma; brother-in-law: Clifton Blanchard (Mona) of Oak Ridge; special friends: Debbie Hood, Sheila Woodell, and Elaine Inman of Kingston and 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 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Fraker Funeral Home in Kingston. 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