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Grace Ballew, a 60 year resident of California and a 55 year resident of Twentynine Palms died on January 16, 2010 at an assisted living home of natural causes. She was 93 years old.

Grace Ballew was born on October 13, 1916 to Eli and Sarah (Edge) Hancock in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Ballew is preceded in death by Robert Ballew, January 3, 2009, her husband of 59 years.

Mrs. Ballew is survived by son and daughter-in-law Robert Ballew and Diane Ballew Jr. of South San Francisco, California, son and daughter-in-law James and Iris Ballew of North Hills, California, grandson Aaron Ballew of Lenexa, Kansas, and granddaughter Serene Ballew of North Hills, California.

Message from Robert Ballew Jr. …

My Mom was the kindest, gentlest person I have ever known. She committed herself completely to raising my brother and I. We both went through Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts with Mom and Dad as Scoutmasters as we progressed. Almost every weekend we would go on a dune buggy trip with Mom making our lunch on her trusty little stove or a campfire. On overnighters she would make pancakes for breakfast. We had many, many birthday’s parties in our backyard for all the neighborhood kids, hostesses, of course, by Grace. She was active in the PTA often volunteering for whatever they needed. She did volunteer work also for the Marine Corps NCO club Officers Wives Club. After we were grown, she joined the Twentynine Palms Artist’s Guild and began painting award winning pictures and decorating sliced rocks from the desert she loved. Being an expert typist, she transcribed from written notes the 893 page book “Tarifa” which was published in 1978. Among her many talents, she was a creative seamstress as well, sewing clothes and even car upholstery for our dune buggy’s. When she took up knitting, it seemed like everyone in town received one of her Tam O’Shanter hats. Lately she enjoyed going up to some special places with the dune buggy and feeding peanuts to the ground squirrels and chippers. Everyone who met her will miss her calm, giving nature.