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Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Lawana Olson Balliett
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Our beautiful, loving mother, Virginia (Ginny) Lawana Olson Balliett, departed from this earth to return to Heaven and the loved ones that were joyously awaiting her arrival. Ginny had been living in Montana with her daughter for the last 4 months and passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born June 15, 1925 to Joel Andrew and Hedwig (Maurer) Olson in Ogden, Utah. They moved to the Harrisville area where she attended her first year of school. In 1931, the family moved to Cache Valley where she grew up on the family farm with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Times were hard and money was scarce, but they had many loving memories of growing up. These memories were shared with family through the years. They helped mold Mom into the wonderful person she became.

She attended Cache Valley schools, and graduated from South Cache High School in 1943. The War was then in full swing and Mom worked many jobs that were connected to wartime. She was employed at Second Street and was also a telephone operator in Salt Lake City. She then set out on a great adventure, moving to California with friends Sandy Tess and Helen Colt. She lived in Hollywood for 6 months, 1 block below Grauman's Chinese Theater. She saw lots of movie stars including Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. In 1945, she moved back to Ogden and worked at a silk shop.

It was then that she met the love of her life. While dancing at the White City Ballroom, a handsome sailor asked her to dance. A year later, after writing daily letters, they reunited in Long Beach, California and were married on February 18, 1947.

They lived in Long Beach and started their family. Three of their children were born there. In 1956 they moved back to Ogden and bought a house 1 block away from her sister, Venice. In 1962, they added one more child to their family. Mom went to work at J.C. Penney and then worked at K-Mart until retiring.

Mom loved giving to others. She could never give just 1 gift. Christmas at her house is a cherished memory for all of us. Mom also had a love for antiques and enjoyed auctions, refinishing furniture, and going on antique "hunts". Animals had a special spot in Mom's heart particularly cats. She was always "rescuing" them and gave homes to countless strays throughout the years.

Ginny is survived by four of her five children; F. Allan (Maura) Shepherdstown West Virginia, Debbie (John) Whitehall Montana, Gary D. (Tami) Hooper, and Mark S. (Tammy) Roy. She is also survived by grandkids, Chris, D.D., Dylan, Bridgette, Logan, Kristin, Ryan, Daniel, Josh, Toni, Jaylynn, Cody, Brandi, Chad, Jed, Brandon, and Cassidy. She is also survived by 11 Great-grandkids. Survivors also include 2 sisters, Venice (Jay) Bitton and Carole (Gordon) Jones. She will be missed by many loving nieces and nephews whose lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Floyd, her infant son Chad, 2 brothers, Max and Emery Olson, and 2 great-grandchildren Emma and Ty Redd.

The family would like to thank Rocky Mountain Hospice of Butte, Montana, and Dr. Steve Sacry for their loving care, and especially her nurse, Dorothy.

Graveside services will be held for family and friends at Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Family will meet with friends from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to services.

Services under the direction of Leavitt's Mortuary.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.leavittsmortuary.com

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