Donna Marie Nelson Ballif|
1944 ~ 2012
Donna Marie Nelson Ballif, 68, returned to her Father in Heaven after a valiant and faithful life on December 30, 2012. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and servant of the Lord.
Donna was born in Denver, Colorado on August 13, 1944 to Marvin Leo and Marie Antoinette Van Oostendorp Nelson. She moved with her parents to Boise, Idaho when she was three years old. She graduated from Meridian High School in 1962 and completed her degree in Education at Brigham Young University in 1966.
On August 7, 1965, she married her high-school sweetheart, John Paul Ballif, in the Idaho Falls Temple. She settled with her family in Holladay, Utah in 1972. While her profession was teaching 4th grade, she found true joy in serving in Primary and was a dedicated mother in teaching her own children. In spite of a devastating stroke at the age of 47, many special memories were created through her love of traveling, including annual family summer trips, get-aways to Epcot Center, and road trips with her sweetheart. She also had many wonderful relationships with her extended Ballif Family: Howard and Madge Ballif, her parents-in-law, both deceased, and her brothers- and sister-in-law: Maury (Pauline), Barr (Rowena), and Margot (Larry) Moore.
Donna had a great love of music. Not only was she an accomplished pianist and organist, but also had a beautiful alto voice and loved to conduct music. She taught the love of music to her children and many others in the community. Donna was known as "The Roadshow Queen" for all her many years in exceptional ward and stake productions. She treasured her role as "Golda" in a local production of "Fiddler on the Roof" and her participation in the annual community presentation of Handel's "Messiah."
Although never formally called on a Mission for the Lord, she helped prepare and support more than 12 missionaries to serve throughout the world, including all eight of her children. Donna faithfully served the Lord in her home, in the Temple, in the Primary, and as a dedicated Visiting Teacher.
Donna is survived by her husband, John Paul, and her eight children: Madge "MiMi"(John) Eddy, Barbara (Craig) Allred, Maury (Daniela), Cathie Lou, Jimmy (Annemarie), Johanna "Annie", John Paul II (Mary), Marc (Marie) and Jake (Rachel) Fulton. She will be missed by 21 grandchildren and more to come. She is also survived by her sister Cathie Nelson and brothers Merrill (Linda) and Donald (Linda). She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers David and Lee, grandson Tyler, and first missionary, Cathy McLellan.
A viewing will be held Friday, January 4th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Holladay Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 Highland Drive. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 5th at 12:00 p.m. at the Holladay 26th Ward Chapel, 4601 South 2565 East, Holladay. Prior to the funeral, there will be a viewing from 11:00-11:45 a.m. Interment will be at Holladay Memorial Park. Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialutah.com
Published in Deseret News from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2013