Irene Balay passed away peacefully at her home on April 17, 2017, in Joplin, Mo., following an illness.
Irene was born, in Stella, Mo., on July 24, 1920, to Roy and Ruby (Culp) Bowman.
Irene married Buford Balay, on October 12, 1946, in Joplin, together they owned and operated B & B Electric here in Joplin for many years. She was a member of the First Christian Church, and a former member of the Eastern Star. Irene had a passion for cooking and politics, she was always ready to lend a helping hand to family or anyone. She will be greatly missed.
Buford proceeded her in death on March 6, 2010.
She is survived by one sister, Anita Riggs, of Joplin. A niece, Kriss Harris, of Joplin, and many other nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday April 21, at Macedonia Cemetery, near Stella.
Contributions may be given to the American Ex-Prisoner of War, in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Crematory.
Published on  April 19, 2017