Lou Lee Balzer, beloved mother, passed away with her children by her side at Emerson House in Boise, Idaho, Friday February 5, 2010. Lou was born April 6, 1919 to Edna Ladner Lee and Otha Lee in Pearl River County, Miss. After graduating from Mississippi State College for Women with a Home Economics degree, she opened a dressmaking shop with her sister Sue McKenzie. Lou also taught high school and worked as a chemist for Gulf Oil. During WWII Lou met and married George Balzer. After the war, they moved to Washington D.C. where George was employed as an architect at the Pentagon. In 1953, they moved their family to rural Fairfax County. While the suburbs grew around her, Lou ran the small family farm and raised her four children. In 1957, they moved to a new home designed by George and built on a parcel of the farm. After the youngest daughter started school, Lou was trained in histology and eventually became supervisor of the histology lab at Fairfax Hospital. Lou loved her career at the hospital and retired in 1986 after 25 years. Lou was a generous and incredibly patient mother who accomplished with ease anything to which she put her hand. She taught her children gardening, crafts, and domestic arts. Lou was active in her Home Economics and Woman's Club and the Pine Ridge Association. In 1999, Lou moved west to the Boise area to live with her daughter Beeb (Denise) and son-in-law Cal. She spent the last two years as a resident of the Emerson House in Garden City where she charmed all she met. Lou was preceded in death by her husband George, brother P.D. Lee and sister Ina Mae "Ted" Lee Tips. Lou is survived by her children Michael Balzer, Barbara Moore (Randy), Theresa Balzer, and Beeb Balzer (Cal Gillis); her grandchildren Joseph and John Balzer, great grandson Carter Balzer; her sister Sue McKenzie, brothers Bill Lee(Joyce), John Lee (Kitty) and Joe Lee (Nell).
Her ashes will be interred with her husband's in Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. No services are planned in Idaho.