June 5, 1920 ~ October 5, 2021

Born in: Toledo, Ohio
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Mildred Eleanor (Blanchard) Congdon, 101, longtime resident of Pueblo, Colo., passed away peacefully on October 5, 2021, at Brookdale Briargate Assisted Living Facility in Colorado Springs. Mildred was born on June 5, 1920 in Toledo, Ohio of parents John and Jane Blanchard. She had an older brother, John, Jr. who predeceased her. After graduation from high school in Toledo, she attended and graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill, a school that her great-grandfather founded in 1860. Following college graduation, Mildred taught elementary school in Decatur, Mich., and then in Longmont, Colo. She was married July 3, 1951, in Longmont to Edwin A. Congdon, who predeceased her. As newlyweds they resided in Bismarck, N.D., and in 1956 moved to Pueblo, Colo. While Mildred’s time and attention was devoted primarily to her family, she enjoyed her many activities in women’s organizations which included church groups, PEO, and Gideons auxiliary. For ten years she volunteered with Sangre de Cristo Hospice, earning both organizational and city-wide awards. Among her friends she was known for her creativity, including her annual Christmas letters which were always composed in rhyming poetry. She is survived by three children, Nancy (David) Jensen, Judy Congdon (William Doezema) and Bruce (Sharon) Congdon; five grandchildren; three great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter who is due any day now. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A private family graveside service will follow at a later date. Montgomery & Steward is handling funeral arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Gideons International, Pueblo Camp. The family expresses thanks to the incredible staff at Brookdale Briargate, and New Century Hospice. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. With many memories in my connection thru ABC support group and onwards til Milderd
    left Pueblo are always with me. We greeted each other on Birthdays and occ. to update
    with the latests news..She loved her families esp. the youngest ones which delighted her.
    Admired her for her positive outlook in living up and down hurdles. I have her poems which
    she shared with me and I continue to go back to them at times. Miss her but know she is
    at peace and joined others that have gone to be with Jesus. Peace be with you and your families. Special friendship Jo Vaughan

  2. It has been over a month and I still find myself thinking I need to call her in the evenings! She was such a wise and gentle role model. I miss her!

    • Thanks for this sweet note, Linda–I know the feeling: I still feel the need to call Mom in the evenings! Maybe some evening I will call YOU.

      Love,
      Judy

  3. Your mother was the sweetest, cheeriest, most wonderful woman. I was graced to have met her in 1995 through the ABC Support Group (After Breast Cancer)in Pueblo, CO.. She had a gentle, yet strong spirit that was accompanied by the most delightful melodious voice. I was the youngest in the group and she always offered thoughtful ,motherly advice. I called her our own Poet Laureate as she always had a clever poem for one of our ‘anniversaries’ of survival. We lost touch after I moved on from the meetings, but she always remained an important figure in my healing process, as did many of the other women who offered support to one another at that time in my life. She was and is an Angel. Blessings and Love to you All.

    • Dear Colleen,

      Thank you for this lovely note! The ABC group, and the women in it, meant a lot to Mom. Your observations and memories of her are a blessing to me. I wasn’t aware that she wrote poems for the ABC anniversaries, but I’m not surprised–She was an endless fount of rhyming verse created to honor people she loved. I trust your healing process continues.

      God bless you–
      Judy Congdon

  4. Dear family,
    It’s been years since I’ve seen any of you or your Mom, yet I’m thinking of you at this time. Praying now for your comfort in the Lord and His peace and joy to fill your lives. Wow 101! I’m so thankful for the beautiful lady of God Aunt Mildred is. Her life totally dedicated to Father, God, had an impact on me, too. Her poems were an encouragement and fun to get and they will be missed. She is rejoicing and worshiping in the presence of our Lord Jesus, so I’m thrilled for her and trust you will feel God’s presence with you! May the Lord bless y’all and keep you. Love ya Ron and Nina Geary

  5. CandleImageOur thoughts and prayers are with the family. May the peace of our Lord and Savior comfort and give you rest as you mourn this loss. I will miss her beautiful Christmas letters.
    God bless each of your family.

  6. Judy,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great loss. I am sure you will be flooded with many wonderful memories of such a long life.

    Please take care,
    Randy and Edla Ann

  7. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. May God bring you comfort, Strength, and Peace in the coming days. Our prayers are with you
    God be with you

  8. Dear Nancy, Judy, Bruce and families,

    Your family has been on my heart so much this last month. I’ve thought of you so much. Your Mom was such a sweet and wonderful woman. She was always so warm and loving. Dennis and I are thinking of you and praying for peace and contentment during this time. We love you, Pam and Dennis Cardinal

  9. Bruce,
    Your sweet mother is home, after 101 years loving the Lord on this earth. What a life well lived, with peace knowing she is with Jesus. I treasure memories of our past friendship, and pray God comforts you during this time and always. Love, Kim Carere

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