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252 Regent St.
Sudbury, ON P3C 4C8
Phone: (705) 673-9591
Fax: (705) 675-2998
Irene Ballance

Irene Ballance (Gilligan)

Thursday, October 11th, 1917 - Friday, October 9th, 2020
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In Loving Memory of Eleanor “Irene” Ballance (nee Gilligan), who passed away on Friday, October 9th, 2020 at Extendicare York, Sudbury at the age of 102. Beloved wife of Wilmot “Bill” Ballance (predeceased 1971). Loving mother of Marie Bidal (Albert), Larry (Dorothy)(both predeceased), Carol Smith (Edward predeceased), Nancy MacDonald (Richard predeceased), Donald (Denise), Lynne Kirkwood predeceased (Fraser), and Keith (Susan). Dear sister of Betty Saul (Earl predeceased) and a special aunt to Kathy Collard (Tom) and son Matthew. Cherished granny of many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

After moving to Sudbury in 1940, she volunteered with the Home and School Association and the Red Cross, helping new Canadians get settled, all the while raising seven children with her husband. Irene was the organist at All People’s United Church for 32 years. For many years, she held several positions as a delegate with Sudbury Presbytery. In 2007, at the age of 90, she was honoured with a Life Membership from the Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario for giving the gift of time, as she had volunteered at the Memorial Hospital for 60 years in various capacities. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, and baking, and was especially proud of her family. The family would like to thank Dr. A. Kuchtaruk along with the staff at Extendicare York for their personal care and attention.

Donations to the All People’s United Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated. Funeral Service in the R. J. Barnard Chapel, Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch Street, Sudbury, on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 at 1pm. (Friends may gather after 11am Tuesday). Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Directives, 80 people or fewer are permitted in the chapel. Those unable to attend may view the livestream: https://www.oneroomstreaming.com/view/authorise.php?k=160228874780558. Interment in the Newburgh Cemetery, Newburgh, Ontario. For donations and messages of condolence, www.lougheed.org.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Location
    Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home
    Address
    233 Larch St.
    Sudbury, ON P3B 1M2
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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    R.J. Barnard Chapel
    Address
    233 Larch St
    Sudbury, ON P3B 1M2
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    Notes
    https://www.oneroomstreaming.com/view/authorise.php?k=160228874780558
    Officiant
    Gerald Lougheed , Jr.
  • Interment

    Location
    Newburgh United Church Cemetery
    Address
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    Newburgh, Ontario
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Marg Conibear

Posted at 06:37pm
I worked with Irene many times over many years as active members of Sudbury Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and volunteers at the hospital. I always enjoyed her company, her sense of humour and her wit. I know she will be missed.
Marg Conibear
LL

Lori lendrum

Posted at 02:42pm
A very beautiful service , ty aunti nan for your love and care of grannie , beautiful poem sandra truly felt grannies presence of her life today
ML

Marg Liut

Posted at 10:18am
Don, Denise and family. Our sympathy is extended to the entire family on the loss of a wonderful lady. She sure was an inspiration to many and her loss will be reflected on in the years to come.
Marg Liut and family
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jean kozelko

Posted at 06:26pm
Goodbye Irene, Sympathies to the family of our long time neighbour. We will always have fond memories of the family we grew up with. Your mother was tireless in her church, and her volunteer work. She was am example to us all. Both my husband and I
lived across the street from her in our youth. Jean and Peter Kozelko.
DT

Denis Tymchuk

Posted at 10:34am
To the Ballance Family, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Many good memories of growing up on Tedman. The Ballance house was always a place to go. She was always happy and full of laughter. I remember daily talks over the fence between Rose, Lucy and Irene, they were all such good friends. She raised a wonderful family and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Denis and Christine Tymchuk
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