Oakland-Blanche F. Wrigley, 84, passed away peacefully on September 5, 2017, surrounded by her devoted family. \r\n\r\nShe was born on October 23, 1932, in Waterville, the daughter of Aline and Dzeri Begin. A graduate of Lawrence High School and Sisters Hospital, she began a career as a nurse in 1953. She married the love of her life, Richard Harris, in 1954, with whom she had four children. They were together for just eight years before Richard’s death in 1962.\r\n\r\nBlanche raised her children independently with the support of a network of family, friends, and neighbors. In 1980, she married the second love of her life, Gerald (Jake) Wrigley. Their two families became one, and together they shared decades of birthday parties, dinners, game nights, camping trips, and many other adventures. The family house became the site of annual Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations, crammed to the walls with relatives, food, and humor.\r\n\r\nAfter retiring in the 1980s, Blanche took pleasure in gardening, making jigsaw puzzles, finding the perfect gift for family members, and playing cribbage and other games, where her competitive spirit made for many lively evenings. She was a lifelong communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary and Corpus Christi Parish.\r\n\r\nBlanche was also predeceased by her second husband Jake Wrigley; her stepdaughter Susan Eaton; her grandson Nick Marin; and her sisters Annette Cameron and Juliette Begin.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by her children, stepchildren, and their spouses, Stephanie and Rick Thibodeau, Richard and Sandra Harris, Luke and Tena Harris, Desiree and Lenny Marin, Joanne Shaw, Tim and Laurie Wrigley, and Donna Wrigley; twelve grandchildren and their spouses; eight great-grandchildren; her sister Claire Roberts; sisters-in-law Shirley Wilson and Dianne Johnson; family friends Dana and Marie Wrigley and Rita Gray; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends; and son-in-law Kevin Eaton.\r\n\r\nThe family would like to thank Lakewood Rehabilitation for their care and compassion.\r\n\r\nVisiting hours will be on Friday, September 8, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Notre Dame Church, Waterville. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery. \r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, and in honor of Blanche’s generous spirit, donations can be made to the local charity of your choice.