BARNARD — A graveside service will be held on Friday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. at North Road Methodist Cemetery in Barnard for Marion Elizabeth Balch, 72, was taken from her earthly body and joined our father in heaven on July 30. She joined many loved ones in Heaven and currently deep in conversation with angels looking down on her family and friends.
A celebration of her life will be hosted at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2571 in White River Junction after the graveside service.
She was born May 21, 1942, daughter of Maurice and Irene (Edmunds) Thompson.
Marion attended schools in Barnard and Woodstock and was a graduate from Sheldon Beauty Academy in Burlington.
She spent 53 years as a hairdresser in Bethel, Windsor, and Lebanon, New Hampshire. She continued to work up to the day before her passing.
She will be missed by those she touched daily in her life and from M’Lord and Ladies, Bob’s Barbershop, and Harvest Hill Assisted Living. Her spare time was spent gardening in her many flower beds around her home, quilting, cooking and baking, or encouraging her children and grandchildren from the bleachers at many she attended sporting events in Windsor, Woodstock and Hartland.
She was a member of the Windsor Elks, and an active member of the Bellows Falls Elks Emblem Club, and a member of the American Legion Post #26 in White River Jct, the Veterans of Foreign War Post #2571 in White River Jct. She was a life member; held the positions as president and past president of the Women’s Auxiliary Trustee and was holding the position of Senior Vice President at the time of her death.
Marion is survived by her husband, Phillip Sargent; step-father, Raymond Sargent; step-mother Eloise Thompson; sister Catherine Space (Michael) of Wauconda, Illinois; brother, Delbert Thompson; sister, Elaine Gaudette; sister, Darlene Ballou; sister, Marie Hart; brother, Maurice (Tommy) Thompson Jr.; brother, Jerry Thompson; five children: Diane L. (Danny) Masterson of Barnard; Donald L. (Isobel) Balch of Bryant, Arkansas; Delmar L. (Valerie) of Barnard; Donna L. (Scott) Bowers of Hartland; Dale L. (Carla) Balch of Hartland; step-sons Scott (Julie) Sargent; and Eric Sargent, and her grandchildren: Jamie Elizabeth (Ryan) Jarvis, Dakota (Cody) J. Campbell, James I. Balch, Megan Elizabeth Balch, Hunter T. Balch, Madison Elizabeth Bowers, Bradley I. Bowers, Jackson R. Balch, Jackson Sargent and numerous nieces and nephews.
She has joined her father, Maurice Thompson; mother, Irene Sargent and a grandson, Maxwell L. Balch spiritually in heaven.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Breast Cancer Awareness, Office of Development, c/o Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, N.H. 03766.
The Boardway Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea is handling the final arrangements for the services. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.
This obituary first appeared in the August 7, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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