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Geneva Balch, 92

Geneva Balch, age 92, of Yellville, entered into eternal rest on June 18, 2014.

She was born May 25, 1922 in Yellville, Arkansas to Ambrose Wilson and Cassie Gertrude (Wickersham) Briggs. On February 27, 1942 Geneva married Elwood Oliver Balch at Yellville. To this union one son, Jerry Elwood Balch, was born March 15, 1945 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Along with her husband, Elwood, Geneva worked many years for Arkansas State Parks, including serving as superintendents at Lake Chicot and Petit Jean State Parks. Earlier in their marriage they owned and operated an Otasco store in Yellville, Balch Tire and Supply.

Geneva loved her family and was affectionately known by them as Aunt Gino. She loved to talk and tell stories.

Geneva, Elwood, and Jerry were all member of First Baptist Church in Yellville, joining into fellowship April 15, 1956.

She is survived by a sister, Wanda Fielding, of Cotter, Arkansas; two nieces: Debbie Wray of Ava, Missouri; and Becky Cooper of Fayetteville; as well as several great nieces and nephews and cousins.

Geneva was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elwood; her son, Jerry; a sister, Amber Pangle; and a niece, Cassie Elizabeth Hagen.

The family will receive visitors from 1:00 - 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Burns Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at Burns Funeral Home Chapel in Yellville, Arkansas on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm. The service will be conducted by Rev. Charles Cooper, assisted by various family members.

Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, near Yellville, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Wray, Ron Wallace, Darin Wray, Jake Hagen, Kyle Haynes, Ron Phillips, and Daniel Doshier.

Memorials may be made to Mountain View Cemetery Fund.

For online condolences go to www.haburns.com



Published in Baxter Bulletin on June 21, 2014
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