Betty Louise Balyo passed away at Salem Hospital on December 1, 2020 after a brief illness. Betty was 94 years old. She is survived by a son, John Michael of Salem, Oregon, two grandsons John Richard and James Andrew of Kalamazoo and Ionia, Michigan, and a great-granddaughter, Lindsey Louise of Caledonia, Michigan. Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Dr. John Balyo, by a son James, and by her parents Axel and Ena Lindstrand.
Part of Betty's story is best told by herself: "Perhaps I could say that my story began on a snowy day in 1879 when my great-grandfather trudged along a lonely road in Sweden seeking financial aid in order to immigrate to America. Life was hard for a family of nine children. He was ready to give up when all of a sudden a piece of paper fluttered against his coat. He picked it off and read a message that said, 'Casting all of your care upon Him for he careth for you.' He recognized it as a scripture from the Holy Bible and took courage, He sailed for America in 1879 and the following year was able to bring his family. My grandmother was the oldest of those nine children. They settled in
Chicago, Illinois. Many years later I entered the world in Chicago 1926 not far from the place where my great-grandparents had lived."
Betty Balyo's exceptional life revolved around her husband, a son, two grandsons and friends that she met wherever she lived. She had wonderful memories of living in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida in addition to Indiana and Michigan. She moved to Salem, Oregon 37 years ago when her husband became President of Western Baptist College (now Corban University). She especially loved Oregon with its beautiful coast, mountains, and people.
Betty will be remembered for her gift of hospitality, for her lovely smile, and for the many ways in which she demonstrated her concern for people. Her countless acts of kindness for the people who passed her way was a demonstration of her deep faith in Jesus Christ and her belief that God's love should be freely shared with everyone.
Several years ago to celebrate their anniversary, her husband took her to Sweden. They rented a car and traveled over 1200 miles, visiting quaint little villages and meeting relatives that she had never seen before. It was a very emotional moment for her to stand on the road in the same village where her grandmother grew up as a young woman. This was where her story began so many years before when her great-grandfather walked alone on a snowy day with a dream in his heart for coming to America. "In Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me." Psalm 139:16
No service has been set at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty Balyo's memory can be sent to Corban University, 5000 Deer Park Drive, Salem, OR 97317. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service
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My deepest sympathy on the passing of your mom. She was such a sweet and caring lady and above all a devoted Christian.
I know you miss her, but are comforted by the assurance that you will be see her again in heaven.