Nancy Balch, 63, of Atlantic, passed peacefully into the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at Cass County Memorial Hospital.
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She was born to John and Edna Balch of Bedford on Aug. 3, 1951, the third of five children. The family moved to Atlantic, when Nancy was in seventh grade. She graduated from Atlantic High School in 1969 and then attended Americana Academy of Beauty in Des Moines, graduating in 1970. Nancy worked as a hairdresser for almost ten years in Iowa and Montana. For four and one half years, she lived in Missoula and Billings, Mont. helping out and being "a second mom" to her two nephews and one niece there. She was later employed for 18 and one half years at Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, in ER Admissions, retiring in 2011.
Nancy was a cancer survivor and no matter what health obstacles she dealt with over the past 19 years, she always kept a positive attitude. She had a heart for Relay for Life and headed up a team for several years where she enjoyed using her baking skills to help with fund raising.
She never met a stranger and was genuinely interested in other people and their lives. Her great sense of humor and storytelling made life fun. Nancy had a special gift of relating to children whether at work or with her nieces and nephews and delighted in planning special birthday parties or making "birthday boxes" for other children. She was a loving caregiver for many years to her mother.
Some of Nancy's interests were oil painting, crossword puzzles, and writing stories. She was a fantastic cook and delighted in sharing food and recipes with family and friends. She loved music, especially Classic Rock and Gospel music; a favorite was the Gaither Music Videos.
Nancy is survived by her sisters, Linda Kay Balch of Atlantic, and Margaret (Rick) Norman of Stevensville, Mont.; brothers, John Michael (Jocey) Balch of Atlantic, and Randy Balch of Des Moines; nieces and nephews, Toby (Tara) Norman and their children, Kensley, Connor and Caden of Grove City, Penn., Stephanie (Jason) Holley and their children, Kalista and Kyler of Bridgeport, Texas, Melissa Balch and her children, Corbin, RJ and Mason of Atlantic, Iowa, Shane Balch of the San Antonio, Texas area, Bethany (Pablo) Calderon and their daughter, Carolina of Baltimore, Md., and Jason Humphrey of Coralville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Edna Balch and her beloved nephew, Andrew Norman.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 8 at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic. Committal services will take place in Athelstan Cemetery, southeast of Bedford.
Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7 at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic.
Roland Funeral Home is caring for Nancy's family and her arrangements. Condolences can be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com
Roland Funeral Services
204 E 5th St Atlantic, IA 50022
Published in Atlantic News Telegraph on Aug. 6, 2014