Patricia Ann Balod
March 1, 1952 – March 8, 2019
Patty A. Balod, with family and friends by her side, passed peacefully March 8, 2019 after a year-long, courageous battle with lung cancer.
She is survived by her husband, Mac, of 48 years and children, Tina A. Balod, Vicki Jo Hilton and husband Michael, and Michael J. Balod and wife, Megan. Patty was also a beloved grandmother to Justin Goode, MacKenzie and Colbin Hilton, and Major Balod. Besides her immediate family, Patty leaves behind her sister, Judi Welch; niece and brother-in-law Kristan and Bill Drewes; great niece, Tatum Balod Appelt; brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Daryl Balod; nephews and niece-in-law, Zachary Balod, Andrew Balod, and Mitchell and Kendra Balod.
Her husband’s military career took Patty to the corners of the world from witnessing the purity and boundless beauty of the Alaskan Frontier; the breathtaking freshness of an evening storm in the deserts of El Paso, Texas; and the simple charm of walking on age-old cobblestone in quaint German towns. Patty cherished the love of exciting new places and the people she met. On the home front, Patty was a devoted mother first and foremost. She treasured her family and embraced every moment with them. She even had an extended group she called her “adopted kids.” All grown now, but as young adults, she helped nourish and rear them through their college days. To this day, they continue to call her “Mom.” She cherished that title. Patty especially loved her role as “Grandma” to her grandkids. She could never have enough visits. Watching them grow, road trips, sporting events, dance recitals, birthdays, holidays, and drop-in visits would be her priority and she would always find the time to be included in their lives. Her exuberance to love, share, meet, and make new friends was her strength. Even in the waning days of her hospitalization and chemo treatments, she was always the engaging soul. Patty disliked formality and had her doctors, physical therapists, nurses, and care givers call her by her first name. “Please call me, Patty,” she would often smile and remind them. Her philosophy was always to show kindness, love, and respect. All of which she received in return.
Please join us in Celebrating Her Life on Sunday, March 17, 2019; the family will receive friends between the hours of 1:00 and 2:00 pm at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, located at 2551 N. Armistead Avenue with a Celebration of Life service to follow. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. at a later date
- Mac Balod, Spouse
- Tina A. Balod, Daughter
- Vicki Jo Hilton and husband, Michael, Daughter
- Michael J. Balod, and wife Megan, Son
- Justin Goode, Grandchild
- MacKenzie Hilton, Grandchild
- Colbin Hilton, Grandchild
- Major Balod, Grandchild
- Judi Welch, Sister
- Kristan Drewes, Niece
- Bill Drewes, Brother-in-law
- Great-niece, Tatum Balod Appelt, Niece
- John Balod, Brother-in-law
- Daryl Balod, Sister-in-law
- Zachary Balod, Nephew
- Andrew Balod, Nephew
- Mitchell Balod and wife, Kendra, Nephew
- Visitation Sunday, March 17, 2019
- Celebration of Life Service Sunday, March 17, 2019
Patricia Ann Balod
March 12, 2019
Patty, Mac and I date back to the beginnings of our military careers. Randolph AFB was a good assignment for new Airmen. I knew Patty as a very sweet young woman that reached out to all with a big smile and an offer of friendship. Mac was that dedicated troop that was serious about his job and his life - I certainly should have paid attention to his leadership. Our careers and families kept us miles and even nations apart but there was always the question in my head about where are they and how are they now. We've been connected through the internet now for quite some time and we had one face-to-face meeting a few years back when I had to spend some days in D.C. It was wonderful to see they were the same loving couple I knew so very many years ago and have managed to electronically stay in touch with. For Patty, I thank her for her service in the Air Force and I thank her for her service as a wife and mother. No other can ever replace her. Mac try to be focused on how lucky you were to have known and held her for nearly half a century. Find peace in you wonderful lives and the thoughts of all of the laughs you shared through life, career and child raising. You are a blessed couple.
March 11, 2019
I worked with Patty at Point Plaza. She was a genuinely friendly and happy person. She knew I loved the color purple and one day she brought me a gift - a purple Bible and I still have it today. Patty was a very special person and to know her was to love her. I was awed by the way she handled her illness and admired the strength she showed. Patty will be missed by all those who knew her.