Judith A. Balk

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Judith Ann Balk, affectionately known as Judy to her loved ones, passed away peacefully on May 29, 2024, in Simpsonville, S.C. Born on Sept. 4, 1943, in Guttenberg, Judy’s effervescent spirit and warm-hearted nature left an indelible mark on everyone she encountered throughout her 80 years of life.

Judy’s early life in Guttenberg laid the foundation for the loving and faith-filled person she would become. Her vibrant personality shone through as she navigated her life’s journey, which led her to touch the lives of many with her kindness and friendship. She carried these qualities with her as she built a life filled with love, laughter, and the joy of family.

Professionally, Judy dedicated 38 years to her career as a cosmetologist. She was not only skilled with a pair of scissors and a makeup brush but also had the rare gift of making each of her clients feel truly seen and beautiful, both inside and out. Her work was more than a job; it was a means of connection, a way to spread joy, and a platform to foster community.

Beyond her professional life, Judy was a woman of many interests. She had a passion for quilting and sewing, creating beautiful pieces that were as much a testament to her artistic talent as they were expressions of her love for those she gifted them to. Her love for reading was only matched by her enjoyment of playing cards, an activity that allowed her to engage with friends and family in playful competition and camaraderie.

Judy’s legacy is carried on by her loving children, Lisa Callahan, Richard Balk, Patrick Balk and Michelle Attebury, as well as by her cherished eight grandchildren. She was a pillar of strength and a beacon of love for her family, teaching them the values of kindness, compassion, and faith. Judy also leaves behind her three siblings, Rodney, Dennis, and Ardelle, with whom she shared an unbreakable bond and countless treasured memories.

Words like loving, friendly, and faith-filled are but a glimpse into the remarkable character of Judy. She navigated life’s challenges with grace and unwavering optimism, always trusting in her faith to guide her. Judy’s friends and family will remember her for her ability to provide comfort and a listening ear, her willingness to lend a hand, and her innate ability to brighten a room with her presence.

Judy’s life was a beautiful tapestry woven with the threads of devotion to her family, her love for her friends, and her commitment to her faith. She left this world richer than she found it, with each life she touched being a testament to her generous spirit.

As we say goodbye to Judy, we celebrate a life well-lived and cherish the memories she has left behind. Her laughter, her wisdom, and her unwavering love will continue to inspire and guide us. Though she may have departed from this earthly realm, her spirit remains, guiding us like a lighthouse, as we navigate the waters of life without her. Judy Ann Balk will be deeply missed, but her legacy will live on forever in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her.

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