RAEFORD, N.C. — Funeral service were held for Mrs. Mary D. Balch, 70, who has gone to be with her Lord on Oct. 31, while at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center on Nov. 6, at Sandy Grove United Methodist Church. Reverend Judson Dunlap and Reverend Richard Jackson officiated. Burial will be in the Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery.
Mary Jo was born on Jan. 1, 1942 in Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Grafton County, N.H. the daughter of Orville and Barbara (Chase) DeCoff.
She attended schools in Pomfret and Woodstock before marrying at a very tender age.
She accompanied her husband George Balch around the world as an Army Wife. Stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC for the bulk of their military career, Mary and George settled down in Raeford, NC upon retirement. She was a member of the Sandy Grove United Methodist Church, DAV Auxiliary, and the V.F.W. Post 10 Auxiliary. We will always remember Mary and George being very early risers and always having the coffee ready at the family reunions.
Survivors are her husband, George E. Balch of Raeford, NC; four daughters, June E. Bolieu and her husband Don of Salina, KS., Jane C. Colbert and her husband James of Watson, OK., Jacqueline M. Drinkwater of Albany, GA, Jennifer L. Hammock and her husband Paul of Salem, AL; her mother, Barbara Gilbert and her husband Earl of Leesburg, Fla; two brothers, Andrew DeCoff and his wife, Marie of Bennington and Peter DeCoff and Lee of North Pomfret; two sisters, Norma Peoples and her husband, David of Broadway, Vir, Sally Weglarz and her husband, Ronald of North Pomfret; 17 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of Flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311, the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852, or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com.
This obituary first appeared in the November 8, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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