Maurine Balfour

Monday, October 18, 2010
Maurine Balfour

Maurine Hazel Balfour, 91, a 63 year resident of Mountain Home, passed away Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, at an assisted living facility in Pocatello.

She had moved there in September of 2009 to be close to family.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the First Congregational Church in Mountain Home. Cremation was under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.

Maurine was born one of two twins in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Oct. 28, 1918. Her father was a petroleum engineer with a degree from MIT, working in the oil fields near Calgary when she and her brother were born. The family settled in southern California and she graduated from Glendale High School and Glendale Junior College.

Maurine and her twin brother, Maurice, joined the Navy when World War II broke out and she was stationed as a clerk/typist in Seattle. It was there she met her future husband, Stanley Balfour, who was a Captain in the Army Air Corps and stationed in Seattle to study bombers.

Maurine and Stanley were married in 1946 and lived in Mountain Home where Stan worked as Parts Manager at Mountain Home Ford.

Maurine and Stan raised three children in Mountain Home: Douglas (Suzanne) of Pocatello, Ann of Boise, and Gary (Valerie) of San Marcos, California.

Stan passed away in 1994.

Maurine was a member of the First Congregational Church in Mountain Home and the Elkettes.

She worked as a reporter for the Idaho Statesman and was the deputy county clerk for Elmore County.

Maurine was active in her church, with the Elkettes and the Democratic party.

She is survived by her three children and three grandchildren, Andy and Robert of Pocatello, and Elaine of San Marcos, Calif.