Frances was born on July 8, 1933 in Aurora, Mo., the daughter of Thomas Grimes and Inez (Pritchard) Grimes. She attended school in Aurora. Frances was a member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church in Monett and enjoyed fishing, hunting wildflowers, but most of all, she loved being with her family. For many years, Frances managed apartments in Oklahoma City, Okla., Joplin, Carthage, Springfield and Monett.
On New Year's Day of 1950 in Eureka Springs, Ark. ,Frances married Jack Balmas. To this union, three sons were born.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Jack; one son, Jerry Balmas; her father, Tom Grimes; her mother, Inez Wilks; and her step-father, Cecil Wilks.
Frances is survived two sons, Rick Balmas, of Stotts City, Mo. and Russ Balmas, of Monett, Mo.; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Lavetta Balmas, of Monett; as well as many very special nieces and nephews.
Frances was a loving mom, grandma, great-grandma and aunt that will be dearly missed by many.
|Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Buchanan Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in the Waldensian Cemetery.||Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time on Saturday. Memorial contributions can be made to the Waldensian Presbyterian Church in care of the funeral home.|
Arrangements are under the direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, Mo.