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Janet Wray Balson Andrews, daughter of the late William M. Balson and Shirley C. Swain, died suddenly at home, in Gaithersburg, MD, of heart failure on August 31, 2017. She grew up in Upper Arlington OH and Hampton VA and had been a resident of Montgomery County MD since 1978. She graduated with a BS in Medical Technology from George Washington University, Washington DC and worked primarily at the National Institutes of Health as a medical technologist and microbiologist. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and fabric art. She was a member of Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church and was serving as president of the local Alpha Gamma Delta alumnae fraternity chapter. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Bruce S. Andrews, and their daughter Sydney M. Andrews of Washington DC; brothers William Mark Balson (and his wife Jan) of Columbus OH and Stacy L. Balson of Suffolk VA; sister Stephanie B. Stover (and husband Tim) of Gurnee IL; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 16 at Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church at 610 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg MD. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be made to Planned Parenthood.

Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 7, 2017