WAYNE — Those who knew Blanche Fyler, who died Saturday in a car accident on Pond Road, say she was dedicated to her community and gave freely of her time to help others.

Fyler, 84, was an active volunteer who divided her time between Meals on Wheels, the Cohen Community Center and the Ladd Recreation Center, according to her obituary.

Donna Freeman, director of the Ladd Recreation Center, said Fyler helped with the center’s after-school day care program.

Blanche Fyler

“She was an amazing community member,” Freeman said. “She’s got a heart of gold and she loved working with children.”

Fyler owned and operated the Pumpkin Patch Day Care Center for many years, and was the recipient of the Helen Hicks Healy Memorial Award, given annually in Wayne.

Lt. Chris Read of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said Fyler was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident in which her 2008 Kia Rio struck a 2013 Hyundai Tucson.


James and Catherine Thompson, who were in the Hyundai, were taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with severe injuries, according to Read. They are expected to recover from their injuries, he said.

Read said sheriff’s deputies, Wayne firefighters and Winthrop Ambulance responded to the head-on collision, reported at 12:04 p.m. Saturday.

The accident is still under investigation, but snow-covered roads may have been a contributing factor in the accident, according to Read.

A memorial service for Fyler has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wayne Community United Methodist Church at 22 Old Winthrop Road in Wayne.

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