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Erika Doris Blanchard

Erika Doris Blanchard, age 81, of 107 Edgewood Drive, Halifax, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, after a decline in health.

She was born in Unna, Germany on Dec. 11, 1932 a daughter of the late Georg Eckhardt and Emma Eckhardt.              

She retired in 2000 from the United States Marine Corps as a civilian associate, and she was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Claudette Elsie Collat of Chatham and Petra Blanchard Haskins of Dry Fork; one brother, Horst Eckhardt; one sister, Inge Weicken; and two grandchildren, Lia Helen Haskins and Robert William Haskins.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at 5 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Wickham officiating.  

The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service.

The family requests that memorials may be directed to the Halifax County Rescue Squad, 700 Hamilton Blvd., South Boston, VA  24592.

Townes Funeral Home and Crematory, 215 West Main Street, Danville is serving the Blanchard family.  

On line condolences may be directed to www.townesfuneralhome.com or to GoDanRiver.com