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Laura Ann ‘Annie’ Balcom | 73 | Winchester

Laura Ann (Annie) Balcom of Winchester, Illinois passed peacefully away at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital on Friday, May 13, 2022. She was born at home Oct. 6, 1948 near Manchester, IL to Buell and Evelyn (Clanton) Howard, the seventh of 10 children. At age three, Laura contracted polio which resulted in her being paralyzed from the waist down. She walked with full braces and crutches most of her life. After graduating from North Greene High School in 1967 she began work in the office at Hertzberg New Method Book Bindery and worked there until her retirement in the early 1990’s. After retirement she kept busy doing crafts at home and at VBS. She sewed beautiful handmade dolls, Santa Clauses and Christmas treetop angels that she gave freely to family and friends. She was a wonderful cook and baker and frequently fed her family, friends and neighbors. She loved to read and garden. Her flowers were always weeded and beautiful.
Her family and friends feel sorrow and yet bittersweet gladness at her passing. She lived life on her own terms. With the help of loving family and friends, she was able to live in her own home until her final hospitalization, thanks especially to her nephew Randy Howard, her sweet friend Wendi Jones and her amazing niece Rachel Cooper.
She was a faithful member of Glasgow Baptist Church most of her life and more recently attended Cornerstone Baptist Church.
Laura married Steven Balcom in Glasgow on Feb. 24, 1979. He preceded her in death in July, 2020.
Laura was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Donald, Merle and Ronald (Dean) Howard and sisters Carolyn Hester and Alice (Lucille) Savage.
She is survived by her brothers Larry (Jeanne) Howard of Barry, IL and Earl (Janis) Howard of Bloomfield, IA; sisters Linda (Richard) Sipes of Clayton, IL and Lorna (Arthur) Monroe of Knoxville, TN. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
At her request a memorial party with music and dancing will be held in the near future. She said she will be in heaven dancing with us! We are sure her brother Merle met her in heaven for her very first dance. What a wonderful picture that brings to our minds.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Winchester EMS or the charity of your choice.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.airsman-hires.comThe Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester is in charge of the arrangements.

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