Velma Caroline Balden

Velma Caroline Balden, 96, of Pierce City, passed away Jan. 25, 2020 at Cox-Monett in Monett. She was born in Sarcoxie, June 26, 1923, to John A. and Carolene (Block) Eimer. Balden worked at Jumping Jacks Shoe Factory and spent many years as a homemaker. She graduated from Diamond High School.
 Surviving are the following: daughter, Melissa (John) LeMaster of Pierce City; sister, Marjorie Baker of Memphis, Tenn.; one niece; and two nephews. She was preceded in death by: her parents; husbands, Paul Matthews and George Balden; sister, Helen Crossno; and brother, Floyd Eimer.
Services will be at Lakin Funeral Home in Pierce City, on Jan. 29, 2020 at 1 p.m. Burial was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Pierce City. Arrangements were under the personal care and direction of Lakin Funeral Home in Pierce City. Memorials may be made to the Pierce City Senior Center in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the family at


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