Note: Our Saint in Heaven This story must not go untold. Blanche Desaire was a very devout Catholic. She attended daily mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Damar, Kansas, and prayed her rosary daily. She was devoted to her patron saint - St. Anne. Blanche belonged to the St. Anne's women society that washed and ironed alter cloths and priest's vestments, cleaned and waxed the floors and pews in the beautiful St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and cooked meals for parish family weddings and funerals.
On July 13, 1966, Blanche got up early on the feast day of St. Anne. She did not feel well but she would not miss mass on the special feast day of St. Anne. She walked the city block to the magnificent St. Joseph limestone church and knelt in her hard oak pew on the south side of the church. She had prayed in that same oaken pew for sixty years since the day she married Maxim. The parishioners hardly noticed the sick old woman as she knelt and prayed from her frayed prayer book and recited Hail Marys on her smooth black beaded rosary. She answered the prayers of the priest in Latin and sang the songs of the service. Finally communion time came and she rose from her pew and seemed to scurry as she shuffled to the communion rail to receive her last holy communion. She took her Blessed Lord under the presence of bread and wine and returned to her pew. She suffered silently, as always, in her final moments in the cold, dark, silent church. Then a slight noise was heard -- Blanche Desaire slumped in her pew and slowly slid down onto the cold, hard marble floor of the deathly quiet church. She died silently, unnoticed, with a "happy heart" with her Blessed Lord still on her lips. If there ever was a saint in God's heaven, it has to be Blanche Desaire, my grandmother. God rest her beautiful soul.
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