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BLALOCK, Joanna JOANNA BALFE BLALOCK JULY 21, 1908 - DEC. 22, 2011 Joanna Balfe Blalock died Dec. 22 at St. Anne's Terrace, her home for the past eleven years. She was 103 years old. Joanna was born July 21, 1908, in Jacksonville, FL., to the late John James and Joanna Merrill Balfe, early pioneers of Jacksonville. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Thomas Lewis Blalock. She is survived by her son, Thomas Lewis Blalock, Jr., (Clara), and her daughter, Merrill Blalock Ellis (the late Park), all of Atlanta. Also surviving are grandchildren Joanna Ellis Douglass (David) of Concord, NC; Clayton Blalock Foggin (Jonathan) of Athens, GA; and Park Ellis, Jr.(Angela) of Atlanta. Surviving great grandchildren are Merrill, Sarah, Katie and Paul Douglass of Concord; Will, Charlotte and Henry Foggin of Athens; and Anna Sophia Ellis of Atlanta. Also surviving are beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Joanna was graduated from Duvall High School in Jacksonville and attended Florida State College for Women, now FSU. There she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She met her beloved Tom at a tea dance and they married Feb. 21, 1933, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jacksonville. The newlyweds lived in several cities before settling in Waycross, GA, for twenty years and raising their family there. Tom's insurance business brought them to Atlanta in 1958 where they lived for twelve years before moving to Tuscaloosa, AL, for twenty years. They returned to Atlanta in 1990 for good. The gregarious and magnetic couple made fast friends everywhere they lived. Joanna is known for her irrepressible, fun-loving spirit and her joie de vivre right up to the day she died. A lifelong Episcopalian, Joanna's life was always centered around the church she attended. Of her many church activities, she was most proud of the picture of her that hangs in the kitchen at St. Anne's commemorating her retirement from the kitchen committee at age 100. The family would like to especially say thanks to her wonderful caregivers at St. Anne's Terrace. Thanks should also go to Visiting Nurse Hospice Atlanta. A memorial service will be held at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 3098 St. Anne's Lane NW, Wed, Dec. 28 at 2:00 PM. A reception will follow in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Anne's Terrace, 3100 Northside Parkway, Atlanta 30327, or to Visiting Nurse Hospice Atlanta, 5775 Glenridge Dr., NE, Suite E 200, Atlanta, GA, 30328.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 27, 2011
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