Glynn Dell Dunn Ballew

November 10, 1921May 16, 2013

Glynn Dell Ballew, 91, a longtime resident of Waco, passed away, Thursday, May 16, 2013 in a local nursing home. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Monday, May 20, 2013 at Bosqueville Baptist Church with the Reverend Brad Herridge officiating. Interment will follow at Coolidge Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, May 19th at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Ballew was born on November 10, 1921 in Coolidge, Texas to Quint and Pearl Wylie Dunn. She graduated from Coolidge High School and Westminster Junior College in Tehuacana. Mrs. Ballew received her Bachelor and her Master’s degree from Baylor University. She was a career educator teaching for over 50 years; teaching in Marlin, Bosqueville and Midway. Mrs. Ballew was designated a Master Teacher by the Texas Education Association. She was a longtime and devoted member of Bosqueville Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and contributed endless hours of volunteer activities. Mrs. Ballew married the love of her life, T. Bennie Ballew and he preceded her in death in 1982. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her sisters, Buena Pearl Beene and Neldra Ruth Carpenter.

Survivors include her son, Travis Ballew and his wife, Donna of Red Bank, New Jersey, granddaughter, Amanda Ballew also of Red Bank, niece, Nancy Keith and her husband, Eddie of Dallas, great niece, Nicole Keith of Dallas and great nephew, Robert Keith of Dallas.

Memorials may be made to the Coolidge Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 264, Coolidge, Texas 76635-0084.


  • Funeral Service Monday, May 20, 2013

Glynn Dell Dunn Ballew

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Gary Fetner

May 30, 2013

What a great, hard, demanding teacher. The grade that I am most proud of in all my school years is the "A" I made on a report in her class. I knew I had earned it.

May 26, 2013

Mrs. Ballew was a great teacher and friend. I had her as a Freshman in Midway. Tough but so loving in her own way. She taught Marvin and was later employed by him when he took over for M.T. Rice. I remember the first day she walked into Midway which was then located in Hewitt in a two story building. She was so little and her red hair was glowing.
She will be missed by many.
If there is an address for Travis I would like to have for Marvin Dameron.
My heart goes out to Travis and the family.
Mary Mooney
Speegleville, Texas

Karen Cox

May 23, 2013

Mrs. Ballew was my 6th grade teacher ar Midway Elementary in 1973. The year I had her my father was diagnosed with lung cancer and had to have surgery to remove his right lung. She asked me each day in class how my father was doing and if I was doing okay. At the time I thought she was "nosy" but as I grew up I realized what an amazing person she was to care enough to ask. My father did well and came to work at the school in the janitorial/maintenance department until his passing in 1995. He never forgot Mrs. Ballew and always spoke highly of her even after her retirement. Mrs. Ballew and I exchanged Christmas cards for many years after my graduation and I always enjoyed her cards and notes. As it turned out, she was the best of them all. She taught me so much in the year she was my teacher. One thing we had in common was our love of animals. She was feisty with a gentle touch. I will never forget you, Mrs. Ballew.

Steve Rosen

May 23, 2013

I kept in touch with her up until a few years ago. She always said "Dynamite comes in small packages!" She was right! She gave with her whole heart... And she wasn't afraid to make you use your head... Even at your own expense and embarrassment. What other 4'10" woman could get your attention like she could?? RIP Mrs. Ballew! And she would tell you... "I'm not Ms. - I'm Mrs. Ballew!" The angels have retired the mould.

Karen Russell

May 22, 2013

Mrs. Ballew was a great example of Christ's love to all she met. We met her in 1995 at Bosqueville Baptist Church. Words can not express the love we felt for this Godly Lady. You will be deeply missed by all.

Linda Rodgers-Coleman

May 21, 2013

I am so saddened to her of her death. However, not having seen her in many years, was happy to her she she had lived a long life. She was my teacher in 6th grade at Midway Elementary. I will always remember her telling us that she might be small, but that dynamite came in small packages. She was a wonderful teacher, and I learned so many things that have carried me through life. May God be with her family and friends during this time.
...Linda Rodgers Coleman (MHS '67)

Nancy Carpenter Keith

May 21, 2013

My aunt G.D. Ballew was so generous and such a caring person. When I was in school, she always gave me paper and school supplies. Then, when my children (Nicole and Robert) were school age, she insisted on giving them paper and supplies whenever we visited. She always encouraged them to do good in school. Aunt G.D., my mother, and Aunt B.P. we're so much fun when we gathered for family meals and occasions. After she retired from teaching the first time, she started making pies and she made one of the best chocolate pies I have ever eaten. We will miss you so much but it is a comfort to know you are with Uncle Bennie, your beloved sisters, your parents, and all your beloved pets.

Keith Hall

May 21, 2013

The strict and loving teachers at Midway. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Ballew!

--The Hall family

Melodie Holder

May 20, 2013

We are neighbors of Ms. Ballew and I can't tell you how much my little boys (5 and 3) loved her.
She was so patient and loving to sit with them outside for hours looking at rocks etc.
She loved her kitties and took care of them all so well. She had such a big heart for someone so small and feisty! We will miss her so much!

May 20, 2013

Lovely, lovely ceremony today. I told you I had put in my contact info, bot don't believe I did. Am including it now.