OBITUARY

Maretta (Sandy) Ballinger

November 11, 1924February 18, 2021

Maretta (Sandy) Ballinger entered into eternal life on February 18, 2021. She was born to Berten and Eycle Santee (Smith) on November 11, 1924 in South Sioux City, Nebraska. She graduated from South Sioux City High School. After graduation, she entered the Waves as a nurse and attended the U.S. Navel training school in Bronx, New York. During her years of service, she met Stewart Ballinger and they married in Shoemaker, California in May 1946. They moved to Visalia soon after to work and start their family. Their 1st born was Linda, 7 years later to Debbie, and then 17 months later to Karen.

Sandy worked at the Credit Bureau of Tulare County for 4 years. The she began her career at the Department of Agriculture and retiring after 25 years. She was a devoted member of Sierra Baptist Church.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, Berten and Eycle Santee, her husband Stewart, her brothers Melvin, George, Henry, and Carl Santee; Sister, Bernice Summers; 1 son-in-law David Crawford.

She is survived by her 3 daughters, Linda Elzig (Frank), Debbie Crawford, Karen Fry (Tim), all of Visalia. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Angela Russel, Julie Crawford, Lisa Mota, Kevin Crawford (Melissa), all of Visalia; Rileigh Fry of San Fransicso. 7 great grandchildren, Steven Coley, Madison Crawford, Darius Coley, Ryley Post, Gabriella Mota, Gavin Mota, and Kai Crawford of Visalia.

Funeral Services will be on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Miller Memorial Chapel, followed by burial at Visalia District Cemetery at 12:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Sierra Baptist Church in Visalia in memory of Sandy.

  • FAMILY

  • Berten J. Santee, Father (deceased)
  • Eycle Pansy Smith, Mother (deceased)
  • Stewart J. Ballinger, Spouse (deceased)
  • Linda Elzig, Daughter
  • Debbie Crawford, Daughter
  • Karen Fry, Daughter
  • Mrs. Ballinger is also survived by 5 wonderful grandchildren and7 great grandchildren.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tim Fry
  • Kevin Crawford
  • Randy Elzig
  • John Tyler
  • Gavin Mota, Honorary
  • Kai Crawford, Honorary

Services

4 March

Funeral Service

10:30 am

Miller Memorial Chapel

1120 West Goshen Ave
Visalia, California 93291

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Julie Crawford

February 27, 2021

Another memory I thought I would share is a prime example of how much grandma loved her daughters and supported them 100%. My Aunt Linda πŸ’— was her hairdresser. πŸ’‡β€β™€οΈ She went to the dentist 🦷 my Mom πŸ’—worked for many years ago. And she always drove all the way across town to shop at Vons πŸ›’ to see my Aunt Karen. πŸ’—

Beth Turenne

February 27, 2021

Sandy was always so special to me. I always thought of her as a second mom. Growing up with Linda from 1st grade, I would spend as much time at her house as I could, Sandy never got mad at us, even when we deserved it !!!
Life separated us for many years, so blessed to have reconnected us the last 25 years. Lots of great memories.
And yes Sandy "I am staying out of trouble" β™‘

Angela Russell

February 25, 2021

Angela Russell

February 25, 2021

Love you πŸ’• always

Julie Crawford

February 25, 2021

Thank you grandma for bringing my wonderful loving mother into this world and my 2 awesome Aunts. I will stick to my word and take care of my mother as you told me to do. And I’ll be there for my Aunts if they ever need me too. Your daughters loved you so much and I know they meant the world to you. They love and miss you so much. We all do. Until we meet again. See you later 😘

Julie Crawford

February 25, 2021

Thank you for always making me laugh grandma. Even at 96 years old you still had the best personality ❀️ I miss you 😒

Julie Crawford

February 25, 2021

My dearest grandma. You were always so loving and kind. I remember as a child all the sleepovers at your house. We would always bake cookies, and there was always a trip to Kmart to get a new outfit and some popcorn and an icee. How could I ever forget the trips we went on in the motor home. Our yearly trip to R-Ranch, floating down the river, all the good dinners you always cooked. Our trip back east and all the landmarks we got to see with you and grandpa. I will forever hold those memories close to my heart. Your smile would light up the entire room and your laugh was contagious. You always made me smile and laugh right up until your last days here. I am so glad I got to spend all the time I did with you. You were always so happy to see us and were always so thankful for dinner or breakfast ( or all the sweets I gave you that I would get yelled at for 🀣). But it was so worth it to see you smile. I loved taking you on car rides and hearing all your stories. You loved the little things in life which are the most important. You loved your family more than anything. I’m at peace knowing your up there surrounded by your loving family and the love of your life Grandpa. I miss you so much already. I know I have another Angel in heaven watching over me. Until we meet again, I love you grandma. See you later 😘

Mike Klassen

February 22, 2021

Jackie & I would like to extend our condolences to the family. 'Sandy' will be missed. She touched us all. Many fun memories of her & Stu visiting us in Nebraska.

Mike Klassen

February 22, 2021

Jackie & I wish to extend our condolences to all of the family. 'Sandy' touched all of our lives. She will be missed.

Angela Russell

February 21, 2021

My beautiful Grandma πŸ’– I've always admired you and wish I was more like you. You were always there for when anyone in the family needed anything, you never judged me, you always held out your arms to hug and love me. I'm sorry to see you go but glad to see you free. You finally made it over the mountain , now you can finally rest with Grandpa the love of your life. I love you so much and I will miss you, but I will always carry you in my ❀️ heart. Love always your Granddaughter Angela Russell πŸ’•

FROM THE FAMILY