Barbara Ann Balch was the ultimate wife and mother, during a time when homemaking was a coveted career choice for many women. Proud of the path she chose, Barbara lived her life with generosity, and a dedication to excellence.
Barbara had a special gift for creating a world of beauty around her. She was always in fashion, often wearing clothes she designed and made for herself. Her homes and gardens looked right out of the pages from a glossy magazine spread. Barbara loved to entertain, and was happiest when sharing her effortless hostessing style with others. She also had a strong love for nature, and was famous for her care of stray kittens found by her neighbors.
Born in Philadelphia, PA to Anna and Allen Evans on August 23, 1927, she was a child of the Great Depression. This taught her to be strong, thrifty and resourceful. She successfully applied these lessons throughout her life. Barbara married William “Bill” Balch in 1948, and they shared 68 wonderful years together until Bill’s death in 2016. Bill knew he was a lucky man, coming home from work to a cold drink and a warm, welcoming dinner with the love of his life. Her cherished daughters Michelle and Beverly fondly remember her homemade Halloween costumes, fanciful birthday parties, incredible baked goods, and hand-knitted sweaters for stuffed animals and Barbie dolls.
Once her children left the nest, she filled some of her time with “outside the home” jobs that utilized her many home decorating skills. These included helping customers make the right choices in draperies at “Strawbridge and Clothier”, lighting at “House of Lamps”, and furniture at” This End Up”.
Barbara loved her ladies groups, especially when these involved needlepoint and gardening. She was active in Angle Tree Garden Club in North Attleboro, MA for nearly 20 years, including serving as President.
Despite having fulfilling interests of her own, caring for her husband Bill was always the main focus of Barbara’s life. Together they made many moves related to Bill’s career, living in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Massachusetts. With each move, they found a new circle of close friends. Barbara was a sought-after friend, and her many friendships were life-long.
She left this world on January 21, 2021, in Midlothian, VA, where she had recently moved to be closer to her daughters, sons-in-law, granddaughters and great-grandson. She was joyfully greeted on the other side by her loving husband and a host of friends who departed before her.
Michelle, Beverly, their families and many dear friends will always cherish her memory, and give thanks to her for making the world a more beautiful place.
A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held when social gatherings are no longer a health risk. If you wish, please consider a donation to your favorite charity in her honor.