Jeness Balmforth(1925 - 2014)

Jeness Corine Gotch Balmforth, 89, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, passed away peacefully Monday, March 31, 2014.

She was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Shelley to Adolph Gotch and Eva Cora Arave.

She married her sweetheart, George Raymond Balmforth, on Nov. 20, 1942, in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they had nine children.

She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved her service in the stake and ward Relief Society organizations. She always loved being a visiting teacher and made many lifelong friends.

Her greatest love was designing and creating formals and wedding dresses. She learned her dress making skills as a young woman, and through perseverance and hard work, developed a thriving wedding business, Sweetheart Manor. Many of her formals graced the stage in the Miss Idaho Falls and Miss Idaho pageants. She found great joy in dressing brides and helping them create happy memories.

She also loved cooking, gardening, crochet, baseball and the Jazz.

She is survived by her children, Sheila (David) Royall, Kevin (Jacquie) Balmforth, Teresa (Mike) Dahle and Margo (James) Lamoreaux; 21 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and five children, Paul R, Brent L, David R, Tamara and Kathleen.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 7, at the Mt. Mahogany LDS Stake Center, 1548 N. 900 West in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Friends and family may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 N. 900 East in American Fork, Utah, and from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Monday prior to services at the church. Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Hillcrest Cemetery in Shelley. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Funeral Home

Warenski Funeral Home
1776 N 900 E American Fork, UT 84003
(801) 763-5000

Published in Post Register on Apr. 4, 2014