Virginia Marion Balkema, 97, of Noblesville, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Noblesville.

She was born on June 30, 1920, to Edwin and Isabel Lambert in Los Angeles.

She attended UCLA and worked for Hughes Aircraft in California during WW II. She was one of the original surfer girls, an avid card player, and loved big bands. She moved to Brookston, once she married to raise her family. For 40 years, she was an administrative assistant for the Co-Op Extension Service of Purdue University.

Survivors include her daughter, Brooke (Glenn) Nations of Blue Ridge, Ga.; son, Brent (Chris) Balkema of Noblesville; three grandchildren, Bryce (Lauren) Nations of Smyrna, Ga., Ashley Nations of Virginia Beach, Va., and Megan (Kevin) Pula of Denver, Co.; two great-grandchildren, London Pula and Noah Nations; as well as several nieces and nephews, Duane (Marge) Balkema of Merritt Island, Fla., Max (Maxine) Balkema of Lafayette, Margene (Tom) Brown of West Lafayette, Alan (Monica) Balkema of Bloomington, Jane (Dave) Clute of Cicero, Diane (Kenny) Jones of West Point, and Steve (Mary) Balkema of Lampasas, Texas.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Balkema Jr. in 1999; aunt, Eleanor DePaula; nephew, Norman Balkema; brothers-in-law, Glenn and Bill Balkema; and sister-in-law, Mary Balkema.

Services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at Noblesville First United Methodist Church, 2051 Monument St., Noblesville, with visitation scheduled from 2 p.m. to the time of service. Pastor Dick Judson will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army, Memorial Program, 3100 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208; or Brookston Federated Church, 202 S Wood St., Brookston, IN 47923; or Brookston Prairie Township Public Library, 111 W 2nd St., Brookston, IN 47923.

The family would like to give special thanks to Seasons Hospice and her special caregivers, Harold and Vera Peters.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Randall & Roberts Funeral Homes in Noblesville.