Lori Emma McKeever

March 08, 1987 ‒ December 25, 2015

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Lori Emma (Balcom) McKeever, age 28, surrendered to her battle with congenital heart disease on Friday, December 25, 2015 at the Cleveland Clinic. She was born on March 8, 1987 the daughter of Jeff and Kathy (Ashcraft) Balcom. Lori was a 2005 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and in 2009 she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University. Before becoming ill, Lori was employed by Knox Community Hospital in the office of Dr. Ron Martinson and Dr. Jasmine Usher.

Lori’s battle began shortly after her birth and ended during a transplant attempt to save her life. She loved life and was looking forward to enjoying it again. She fought a hard and painful battle, but was loved by so many and will be missed by all who knew her.

Besides her parents she is survived by her best friend and partner in life, Scott McKeever, whom she married on July 9, 2011, her four fur babies, Maci, Milo, Mia and Max. She is also survived by her sister, Jody (Kyle) Thompson of Mount Vernon, a brother, Josh (Jess Huggins) Balcom of Mount Vernon, grandparents, Eleanor Balcom, Jean Barker and William Ashcraft, mother and father-in-law, Bill and Kristin McKeever, brother-in-law, Brian and Brittney McKeever, aunts and uncles, Carl and Oneta Balcom, Christina Wertz and Tim and Kelley Ashcraft, special cousins, Lindsay Hansen and John Balcom. Children were very special to Lori and she deeply loved her niece and nephews, James and Madison Thompson and Hagen McKeever.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Raymond Balcom, aunt and uncle, Rita and Steve Balcom.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where friends may call from 6 p.m. until the time of service. Pastor Aaron Boggs will be officiating. The family will observe a private burial.

Lori loved her dogs so in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Knox County Dog Shelter, 285 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Sending prayers as we been praying for Lori and you Scott.You lost your wife and best friend and I know the feeling well.We lost my daughters grandma on Thanksgiving and its very hard to get through it.So stay strong as Lori would want you to be even stonger now that you lost her.So just remember all the great memorys you both shared cause they will always be with you.We are sending you all prayers to each and everyone of you and I ask God to keep you strong and be there with you each day.Love Mike and daughter Brittany Erow you will always be family to us all of you.If there is anything we can do please let us no

  • I was so very heartbroken to hear about this loss in our family. I can only imagine what eveyone is going though and although we have such a large family and we aren’t always in contact 24/7 ,every time I saw Lori she was always so happy despite her battle. Her presence will truly be missed. We love you!

  • We are so sorry to hear of Lori’s passing and praying that Gods blessing an peace be with the family and friends. She was a beautiful young lady bring love and cancer for all she meet and took care of. She will be missed but remember all the good she did while here. She was special lady and will be miss. Our love to all her family and friends- May and Paul

  • Hello, family and friends of Lori.

    I did not know Lori well, in fact, I barely knew her at all. We belonged to the same special club, however, that of Zipper Sisters. Different congenital heart defects, but the same worries. My heart aches for those who knew her and loved her. I pray that you might find comfort in knowing that she touched many other lives, and was a positive force in our Zipper Sisters page.

    God’s peace and strength.


  • I’m so very saddened by the loss of Lori I’ve known the family my whole life my heart hurts for the family & I wish there somthing I could say to make it better unfortunately there are no words jus kno that I’m praying for you all

  • Saddened to hear of Lori’s passing. I didn’t know her well, but I did her wedding cake. She was a really sweet girl. My prayers for Scott and family.

  • I did not know Lori personally, but through a Facebook group called Zipper Sisters, for women with all types of CHDs.
    Lori was a beautiful person, inside and out. My heart breaks for her family.
    I pray that you find comfort during this difficult time. I’m so sorry for your loss.


  • Lori will be missed in so many ways by so many people. Scott, be strong as that is what Lori would have wanted. Prayers for healing and strength to all family and friends. God bless.

  • So sorry for your loss. She is happy in heaven but know her earthly family will miss her greatly. We met afain in the doctor’s office and it was so nice to talk to her. Blessings. Dale and Nancy Sapp

  • Jeff, Kathy, Jean and Bill, I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time.

  • So sorry to the family for their loss. I went to school with Lori junior and senior year and she was the sweetest most loving girl in our class. My thoughts and prayers go to her family and close friends!

  • I knew Lori for a short time as we spent the last 4 months together in the Cleveland Clinic. I will miss our chats as we exercised in cardio rehab. She was a wonderful person inside and out. I was deeply sadden when I was told about her passing. I pray every night for her husband and especially her mother and father for comfort in this time of grief. I’m am so very sorry for your loss. God Bless

  • Thinking of all of you tonight, so sorry we could not be there for Lori’s service. She was a special lady, and went through more then her share. Hang on to the happy memories. Love to all, Terry and Jeannie

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Lori ‘s family. I had the privilege to meet Lori’s mother in law Kristen who loved Lori so much. Iam so sorry ,may her love and her smile be with you all forever.