In Loving Memory of
Deanna Christine Blackburn Balfour
December 18, 1941 – January 23, 2021
A Virtual Celebration of Life was held February 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST
Deanna Christine Blackburn Balfour 79 of Las Vegas, Nevada left the departure lounge for heaven January 23, 2021. She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Paul James Balfour and her only son, Mark Trevor Euell of Greensboro, NC. Deanna also leaves behind two granddaughters, Carmen Rita Crawford-Euell and Markeyla Diana Crawford-Euell and two great-grandsons, Camren and Andrew whom she never had the pleasure of meeting.
Deanna was born December 18, 1941 to Aubrey and Edna Blackburn on the Spice Island of Grenada in the West Indies. Deanna’s three brothers Leonard, George, and Derek preceded her in death. Deanna’s two sisters Joyce and Yolande, still live in Grenada with a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews. Her nieces and nephews were very special to Deanna and all of them lovingly called her Auntie Dean.
Young Deanna ran, swam, played and loved growing up in Grenada. Deanna also had a sincere love of music and would proudly tell her friends the first album she ever purchased was a Sinatra classic, which she knew every lyric of every song and loved for her friends to sing along.
From Grenada, she made London her home where the music scene was just what she loved. While there Deanna met her first husband John H. Euell III, father of Mark Euell. After London, she moved to Washington, D.C. where later she met and married Paul. Paul was a talented musician engaged to perform all over the world among the rich and famous. The two spent many unforgettable days laughing, making friends and seeing the world. As a result, the Mancini tune, Two for the Road, became her favorite song.
Deanna was the type of person who never met a stranger. She loved to cook and entertain friends and family, and always welcomed all.