Alice Mae Ballinger was born May 11, 1915 in Yakima to Ida Mae and Corneleous Den Beste. She passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at Chandler House in Yakima.

She had four siblings, Gertie, Margaret, Ethel and Marene (Bud). She attended the Moxee schools where she graduated valedictorian. She met and married Owen Ballinger and together ran a small orchard. Later, she began working at the Terrace Heights Elementary School, where she retired as head cook. She was well known as a care giver to her family and friends. Alice and Owen had two children, David Ballinger and Shirley Helm.

She loved gardening and bowling. She also did crafts and sold them at bazaars. She liked to spend time at the beach and in the mountains. Alice and Owen spent some winters in Arizona and lot of time at their cabin on Chinook Pass.

She was a charter member of the Terrace Heights Community Presbyterian Church where she spent many hours in service. She was a deacon, Sunday school teacher, Women's Club member and door greeter for many years.

She is survived by one son, David (Maxine) Ballinger of Grandview; daughter, Shirley (Dan) Helm of Yakima; six grandchildren, Richard (LuAnn) Hayland Jr., Debra (Joe) Bruun, Jodi (David) Nordstrom, Jeff (Ashlee) Ballinger, Jason (Kim) Ballinger and Chadd Helm; twelve great-grandchildren, Richard Hayland III, Andy Hayland, Kyle Hayland, Danielle Hayland, Sara Nordstrom, Joshua Nordstrom, Trenton Ballinger, Brandon Moen, Karli Ballinger, Lauren Bruun, Josh Sauve and Rachael (Jason) Cumle; three great great-grandchildren, Nathan Cumle, Autumn Cumle and Ava Cumle; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Owen Ballinger; parents, Ida Mae and Corneleous Den Beste; three sisters, Gertie Ford, Margaret Schonewill and Ethel Arnold; and one brother, Marene (Bud) Den Beste.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Keith and Keith Ninth Avenue Chapel in Yakima. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the Terrace Heights Community Presbyterian Church (east on Terrace Heights, left on 41st, right on Maple Ave., right on Maple Ct.).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Terrace Heights Community Presbyterian Church.

Keith and Keith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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