Kelley Margaret Thornton Balusek (Bucky)

Balusek3-2015Kelley Margaret Thornton Balusek (Bucky), 50, passed away on Monday, March 16th at her home in Friendswood, Texas. Kelley was born on January 26th, 1965 in Gunnison Colorado to Gail Ann Browning and William Patrick Thornton. Kelley is preceded in death by her: father, Pat Thornton; grandmother, Margaret Farnsworth; and grandfathers, Slim Farnsworth and Barton Browning. She is survived by her: husband, August Anton Balusek Jr; daughter, Brittany Nicole; sons, William Patrick and Sean Michael; mother, Gail; sister, Paddi; grandmother, Onie Browning; Daughter in-law, Brittany Brewster; Grandson, Christian; sister-in-law, Lisa Balusek; nephews, Sef and Zach Castillo; four legged friends, Fatso, Julie, Mac, Bruce, Bob, Diz, Tank, Stella, Freckles; close friends Lori Ashworth, Debbie Whitley and countless others. Kelley attended BF Terry High School in Rosenberg, Texas and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She was a beloved wife and mother and was elated about her future grandson, Jaxon Kelley, due this May. She was a former drug and alcohol abuse counselor for the Baytown satellite of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program. She had a passion for animals – she never met a cat she didn’t love – and took great pride in having been an Army Wife. She loved dancing, cooking, the Houston Texans, country music, laughing, her Grandsons, collecting hummingbirds, crosses, and all things pink.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 6:00 PM at Crowder Funeral Home, Pearland, TX. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Kelley’s memory in lieu of flowers may do so to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).


  1. Kelley, you were my sweet, funny friend for over 27 years. We raised our kids together. You were my neighbor and my confidante. We could go a long time without seeing each other and just pick up where we left off. You have always held a bright spot in my heart. Feel great and love the peace in heaven. Say hello to Seth. Until we meet again, Love, Lelia

    Lelia Tippit
  2. Mom, I miss you more than i can describe, you will forever be in my heart. I love you so much, I now know i have a guardian angel watching over me and baby Jaxon. You left sooner than we hoped, but its all in Gods design. I love you.

    Your Son,


    Patrick Balusek
  3. My dearest Kelley,

    I love you. I miss you. We had a lot of great times and hard times. It was never boring. I see so much of your spirit and fire and love and soul in our children. You have had an impact on so many people. I know you’re not in pain anymore and you’re happy, joyous, and free in heaven with your family, my family and friends Not to mention all the cats and dogs up there. I miss you so much. Whenever some one we knew died you are the one I would talk to. I’m taking care of stuff and someday we’ll be together again. I love you.

    August Balusek
  4. Kelley was a great friend when i needed it the most . i wouldn’t be where i am today without her unwavering love and friendship . Love and light to her family and friends .- Daniel a.k.a. Grasshopper

    dan nicodemus
  5. To The Balusek Family, We Miss and love yall,
    Kelley, The time we spent together was sweet, and to see how a great mother ,wife and friend you have been. You was a Great Military Wife, supporting your husband and raising your family while he was away. We still make your caso dip, We will miss hearing your laugh and seeing your smile, But we know you are smiling with Christ, We love and will miss you so. Kelley you were my best friend at Ft. Lewis, and
    Ft. Polk you and August brought us in your home and made us feel like family, and this we will not forgot.

    Ron and Melody Jolly South Carolina 3/25/2015

    Ron and Melody Jolly
  6. Kelley was such a beautiful soul. Everyone that new her never had a bad word to say about her. She was helpful, kind, and always there when you needed a true friend. She would give me pep talks about my fiancé leaving for the air force and would reassure me that everything was going to be alright. She was such a positive light in my life as well as for many others. I remember the first day I met her and I just knew she was a wonderful person from the positive vibes she put out into the universe. She was always there. I know she’s not here physically anymore but her spirit is constantly surrounding us. To her family I deeply saddened for your loss, God truly gained a beautiful soul. I love you all so dearly. Thank you for being a part of my life

    Christina Moor
  7. Kelly was one of the first people to help me in my recovery to sobriety. I was attracted to her kind hearted, loving, motherly vibe she put off. She was always someone easy to talk to and you could always see that her family and kids meant the world to her, she talked such good things about them always. Its sad that someone with such a beautiful soul had to leave us here on earth. Im deeply sorry for her family but I know she will be looking down on them and protecting them from above always. you guys are in my prays, try keep your heads up.

    Brandie Cottrell
  8. Bucky,
    I will miss you my friend. Through good times and bad, we stuck it out and you truly will be missed. I love you.


    Deborah Whitley
  9. Gail,
    I am so sorry. You talked about your daughter a lot. I know how much you adored her. I pray you find peace. Sending you a tight hug..

    Elvira Dixon
  10. Mama Kelley,

    It is still so hard for me to comprehend that you are gone. I remember when we first met and talked all about how Brittany and I were born in the same Army hospital. Then my mother and you reminisced about what it was like being stationed at Ft. Campbell.
    Every memory I have of you is of your light, your love, and your beautiful laugh. These memories I will forever hold close to my heart. You were a mother to us all and I know your maternal spirit will never truly leave any of us.
    I will forever miss seeing your name flashing on the screen of my phone and as I pick up you saying “I just wanna talk for a second,” and then we’d be on the phone for two hours.
    I miss you SO SO SO much Kelley. I wish I could get one last phone call from you.

    I love you in this life and in the next

    Robert DeForde
  11. Kelly, I met you at work, I took care of you and bounded with you. I knew then and I know now what a special person you are! I only knew you for too short of time. I am so sad, I lost my friend, I know God has a plan for you in heaven. I will never forget sitting on your back porch and singing my song for you and your daughter, the smile on your face, I will miss you so much. You truly will be in my heart forever! God bless you and your family, your new found friend Llora.

    Llora Classen

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