Funeral services for Theresa Mizui Balmas, 90, will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas Cove with Deacon John Consentino officiating. Viewing will be from 9 to 9:20 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
Mrs. Balmas died Dec. 1, 2013, while being visited and comforted by family members at the Mission at Mesa Springs nursing facility in Abilene. She was born Sachi Mizui on June 28, 1923, in Formosa (now Taiwan) to Ei and Tomo Mizui.
She was raised on the Pacific islands of Tinian and Rota where her father supervised sugar-processing factories. She then moved to live with relatives in Ueda, Japan, in order to attend high school.
She attended pharmacy school at Tokyo Imperial University during World War II. After graduation, she worked in the hospital pharmacy at Johnson Air Base in Sayama, Japan where she met her future husband, Louis Balmas, who was a pharmacist in the U.S. Army. Theresa and Louis married on Feb. 17, 1951, in Tokyo, Japan.
After living in San Antonio, Bremerhaven, Germany, Killeen and Fort Hood, the family settled in Copperas Cove in 1962. Mrs. Balmas was a homemaker and mother while raising her children and later worked for the civil service as a clinical laboratory technician at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood. Upon retirement, she continued to work in Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s clinical laboratory as a Red Cross volunteer until 2002.
She was honored at Darnall with the Red Cross Volunteer of the Year Award and was recognized for her volunteer work by President George H. W. Bush.
Her Catholic faith was very important to Mrs. Balmas and she was an active member of the Holy Family Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening and traveling and was especially known for her cooking and baking. She also loved watching figure skating on television and doting on her grandchildren.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Terri Zeigler for the many years of loving care she provided.
Mrs. Balmas was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters and her husband.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Rose and Grady Waddell of Abilene; her son, Tom Balmas of Galveston; and her grandchildren, Stephen Waddell of Chicago, Ill., Michael Waddell of Brooklyn, N.Y., Amber Waddell of Breckenridge, Colo., and Jason Waddell of Antwerp, Belgium.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Gentiva Hospice Foundation or Hendrick Hospice of Abilene.
Scott’s Funeral Home in Copperas Cove is in charge of arrangements.