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Blandine Marie Gleaton
Blandine Marie Gleaton

Blandine Marie Gleaton, “Meme,” 94, a former Williamsburg resident for more than 30 years, passed away Monday afternoon, February 15, 2016.

She was born July 14, 1921, while her French parents were assigned to a French outpost in Tunis, Tunisia.

She spent the rest of her young life in the family home of Lille, France. When World War II broke out in Europe, she left France and joined the French fighting forces in Northern Africa. After World War II, Blandine met her husband of 52 years, James C. Gleaton, in La Rochelle, France.

Blandine retired from Colonial Williamsburg, where she worked for many years as a seamstress in the men’s costume department. One of her specialties was the ruffled dress shirts that the gentlemen wore as part of their historic clothing. She loved living in Williamsburg and enjoyed many afternoons in her backyard watching the hummingbirds and reading the Gazette.

She is survived by son, Alain Guillermin; daughters, Anne-Marie Guillermin, Elizabeth Leavelland, and her husband, Monty, Jacqueline Ryba, and her husband, James; and grandchildren, William, Justin and Sherri.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 18. The service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 19, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg. Internment will immediately follow the service at 2 p.m. in Williamsburg Memorial Park, 130 King William Dr., Williamsburg.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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