Mary Lou Balcom


February 8, 1934 - June 17, 2021


Mary Lou Balcom, 87, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Thursday, June 17, 2021 at her home under hospice care in rural Mitchell. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, September 18, 2021 at First Assembly of God in Rapid City. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Mary Lou was born February 8, 1934 to Charles H. Mordhorst and Anna Marie Kirsch in Kyle, SD. The family moved to Rapid City later in 1934. She attended the Red Brick Elementary school and graduated from Rapid City High School in 1952.

She married Charles H. Balcom May 30, 1951. They celebrated 70 years of marriage on May 30, 2021. The couple have 5 children. Together they lived in Rapid City, Vermillion, Rossford (Ohio) and moved to Mitchell in 1960 where they owned and operated Mitchell Motor Company.

Mary Lou was a homemaker while raising their children and then was a realtor in Mitchell for 10 years. She was active in the Mitchell 1st Baptist Church, YWCA and helped start the Meals-On-Wheels program in Mitchell. Mary Lou also was a leader of Cub Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts. She was a member of Rosedale Community Club, Garden Club, and the Modern Mrs. Extension Club that evolved into a Craft Club. In her senior years Mary Lou was an active member of the Ethan United Methodist Church.

Mary Lou was an avid backpacker in the mountain west, a Missouri river walleye fisherman, worked a large garden, and enjoyed camping and fishing for 4 winters in Port Aransas, TX.

Mary Lou's greatest passion was her everyday walk with God plus her life as a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was always ready with outstretched arms to hold a baby. She was very caring as evidenced by giving one kidney to her sister, Myrna.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Balcom; her sons: John (Peggy Wessel) of Florence, OR; Scott (Kathy Lyman) of Mitchell, SD; her daughters: Cynthia (Bruce) Morgan of Rapid City; Sheryl (Charles) Miech of Evansville, WY; Jody (Terry) Hall of Rapid City. She has fourteen grandchildren, and 32 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her Mordhorst siblings: Robert, Dale, and Chuck Mordhorst.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Victor and Mem Mordhorst, and four sisters: Jeanette Lindquist, Betty Grube, Doris Shaub, and Myrna Burns.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials are directed to the Mitchell Safe House.



None Scheduled


Saturday, September 18, 2021
10:00 AM
First Assembly Of God
4905 Mt Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD

Posted by Rhonda Lindquist Miller on June 23, 2021
So sorry to hear about Aunt Mary Lou She will be missed
Posted by Kelly Tobin on June 22, 2021
Mary Lou was a dear friend to my mom who looked forward to their weekly visits. We shared a love of gardening and she always gave me good advice. Our sympathies to Chuck and all of her family.
Posted by Mary Freeman on June 21, 2021
My sympathies to all of the family. You and Mary Lou did so much for the churches of which you were members, the last being the Ethan Methodist Church.
Posted by Jackie Kessler on June 20, 2021
We're so very sorry for your loss. Her kind, loving, patient and Christian heart was an inspiration to anyone that met her. She amazed us with her boundless energy and creativity. She will be deeply missed.
Posted by Jerry Luckett on June 18, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. I am keeping your entire family in my prayers. I have many wonderful memories and I am sure you do as well. Cherish those memories.
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