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Inez Ward Ballenger, 87, of Alamogordo, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010.
Inez Ward Ballenger was born in White Oaks on April 6, 1922, to Thomas Clayton Ward and Florence Current Ward. She moved with her family to Roswell, graduated from Roswell High School and attended Eastern New Mexico University as a piano major from 1939 until 1942. While in school she met her lifelong friend and love, Kenneth L. Ballenger, on a blind date. They were married on April 16, 1944.
While her husband served in the Army in Europe, Inez worked as a civil service secretary at the Roswell Army Air Field and also Camp Carson, Colo. Following the war, she moved with her husband to Abilene, Texas, and continued her study of piano at Hardin Simmons University. She studied piano at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y., as well as Stetson University, Deland, Fla. She moved to Fayetteville, Ark., in 1954, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in music and foreign language from the University of Arkansas.
Inez was an accomplished pianist and dedicated teacher of piano for more than 60 years. She accompanied many of her husband's performances, and was involved in the music program of the churches she attended throughout her life. She was also a popular judge for Arkansas Piano Guild. Several of her students have become professional musicians and successful piano teachers.
Inez was a genealogist and published several books on the genealogy of the Ward, Current and Ballenger families. She was an elder of the First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, Ark., a member of Grace United Methodist Church of Alamogordo and an active member of the PEO Sisterhood in Fayetteville as well as Alamogordo. She was a member of Altrusa International; National Music Teachers Association; National Guild of Piano Teachers; Washington County, Ark., Historical Society; White Oaks Historical Association; and an honorary member of the Alamogordo Rotary Club.
Inez is survived by her brother Alton Ward, of Alamogordo; her son David Ballenger and wife, Denise, of Charlotte, N.C.; her daughter Joan Griggs and husband, Ron, of Alamogordo; her granddaughter Brynn Hall and husband, Elam, of Charlotte; her grandson Michael Ballenger and wife, Amy, of Orlando, Fla.; her granddaughter Erin Regrutto and husband, Ryan, of Pueblo, Colo.; her grandson Reid Griggs, of Alamogordo; and great-granddaughter Adelyne Regrutto, of Pueblo.
A memorial service to celebrate Inez's life has been scheduled at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at Grace United Methodist Church, Alamogordo. Burial will be held at White Oaks Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Inez's name be sent to the music ministry at Grace United Methodist Church in Alamogordo or to the White Oaks Historical Association, in care of Karen Mills, 228 Patos Road, White Oaks, NM 88301.
The Ballenger family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral arrangements.
To sign the online register book, please visit http://www.webfh.com/hamiltonodell.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 6 to Jan. 21, 2010
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