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Nova Lenore Hays Baltzell, Mother of Classmate Linda (Baltzell) Elkin
Nova Lenore Hays Baltzell, 93, of Roanoke, Virginia, and mother of classmate Jean Baltzell died Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 17, 1926, in Ewing, Illinois, daughter of Elijah and Rose (Elliot) Hays. She married Rollin “Rosy” Baltzell on June 12, 1943, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and enjoyed 61 years of marriage before he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Baltzell is survived by a daughter, Jean Baltzell Elkin and husband Roger of Virginia; a son, Tracy Kell and wife Sharon of Louisiana; grandchildren, Cacia Tan Chico, Kiara Elkin and partner Jack Burns, Delaney Elkin, Jessica Millet and husband Ryan, and Jennifer Forsyth and husband Jimmie; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her brothers, Harold and Ray; a sister, Phyllis; and children, Leonard Baltzell and Linda Devor.

Mrs. Baltzell loved teaching and taught elementary school for many years in both Illinois and Louisiana. She was a member of the first Baptist Church and one of her favorite Bible verses was Isaiah 41:10.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem, with Dr. Andy DeWitt officiating. Interment will follow in East Lawn Cemetery in Salem. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to your favorite charity.