Bessie Balcom, 95, left her earthly home on January 19, 2012, just 10 days prior to her 96th birthday.
She was born on Johnny Cake Lane in New Kingston, the daughter of Bruce and Beulah (Bronson) Easley. Her parents divorced and she was raised by her maternal grandparents, Adelbert and Grace (Frayer) Bronson. They moved to Margaretville where she attended and graduated from the grade 1-8 school system.
Richard Balcom ran a general store down the street from where they lived. Richard and Bessie were married by the Clovesville Baptist Minister in 1931.
Bessie could remember the Lamp Lighter lighting the gas streetlights on Main Street each night.
Surviving are a daughter, Anna Liddle, Margaretville; son and daughter-in-law, Leroy and Jane Balcom, San Antonio, Texas; son-in-law, Henry McCann, Dunraven; daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Randy Kinne, N. Clarendon, Vermont; sister-in-law, Shirley Balcom, Andes; 11 grandchildren: Patrick McCann, Joseph McCann, William McCann, Daniel McCann, Amy McCann, Yvonne Quenstead, Annette Christopherson, Valerie Krozel, M.D., Beth Kinne, Esquire, and Kristin Kinne Kale; step grandchildren, Gordon Liddle, Michael McCann and Wilma Beers; 20 great-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bessie was predeceased by her husband, Richard Balcom; a daughter, Gladys Balcom McCann and a half sister, Arlene Kittle Fairbairn.
A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22 conducted by her daughter, Ruth Kinne, at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.
A fellowship gathering was held after the service at Clovesville Baptist Church, Fleischmanns.
A committal service will be held in the spring at Margaretville.
Donations in memory of Bessie Balcom may be made to Mountainside Residential Care Center Memorial Fund, Margaretville or to the Clovesville Baptist Church, Fleischmanns.
Arrangements are by Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.