Advocate for Mental Health —
KATIE BLANCHARD WAS A LONG TIME resident of Charleston, Mo., where she lived with her nine children. She received her certificate for the Missouri State Alcoholism Training and Information Program at Washington University in St. Louis. She was an active member of the State Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
The Delta Area Economic Opportunity Development Corps employed Blanchard as the economic opportunity development counselor. Her responsibilities included finding jobs for young adults through the Job Corps and local businesses. She went above and beyond her duty by gathering clothes for those in need. She delivered meals to the sick and shut-in, and chaperoned a group of young children to Six Flags for a summer outing. She served as vice chairman of the Mississippi County Child Welfare Advisory Committee.