María del Rosario “Charo” Blazquez MacLean was born October 7, 1942 in Aviles, Spain. After a brave struggle with cancer she was taken from us in a blessed state on August 11, 2015, with her family by her side. She leaves behind her husband of 48 years Stewart M. MacLean, her two sons Hamish Edward MacLean, of Jacksonville, Florida and Alisdair Charles MacLean, of Sugar Land, Texas; her sister Maria Eugenia Blazquez Bascuas de Martin, her husband Manolo and their two sons, Jorge Manuel (and family) and Juan Carlos all residing in Spain; Hamish’s wife Sherry, Alisdair’s wife, Michelle and their son Nicholas and daughter Bridget; and also cousins and extended family members and many fine friends in Spain, England, Australia and throughout North and South America.
Charo was preceded in death by her mother Maria de la Concepcion, her father Antonio, her twin sisters who died in their infancy during the Spanish Civil War and other family members.
Charo graduated High School in Spain and received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She worked with a Community Coalition at Stephen F. Austin until the family moved to Florida where for 18 years she was employed as a Social Worker by the Southeast Georgia Health System in the St Mary’s and Brunswick facilities until cancer forced her retirement. She spent her life committed to the care and well being of others and touched the lives of countless families.
Charo became a United States Citizen and participated in a Citizenship Ceremony in Beaumont, Texas in 1996.
Charo was passionately devoted to her family, friends and faith. She played an active role with each Catholic Church where she was a parishioner. She was a member of the Garden Clubs and New-Comers Clubs in Athens, Alabama, Nacogdoches, Texas, Fernandina Beach, Florida and Kingsland, Georgia. Among many favorite pastimes, she was an avid Mah Jongg player and introduced many people to the game.
A Mass will be held Friday, August 21, 2015 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church n St. Marys at 3:00 pm with Fr. Mariusz Fuks presiding.
The family request in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund of the Our Lady Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, St Marys, Georgia; Hospice of the Golden Isles, Brunswick, Georgia; and the Mayo Clinic, Cancer Biology Research Department, Jacksonville, Florida.
Many people have been with us in person or spirit during these difficult days. We thank them very sincerely for their cards, calls and visits. Special appreciation is expressed to:
This Church: our Pastor, Rev. Mariusz, Deacon Joe and family and Tim Moore’s family; Duane P. Moores, M.D. and his staff at Southeast Health System; Hospice of the Golden Isles, their staff, nurses and CNAs. These with many others provided attention, gave us courage and comfort and we will be forever indebted to them.
Finally we thank all those in attendance at her Funeral Mass, we wish you well in God’s care.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.