Ballentine, Donna (Peterson) (1922-2008)

This past Monday, April 14, 2008, we said goodbye to Donna Ballentine, as she has gone home to be with the Lord and the loved ones she missed so dearly. Her loving daughter, Julianne, and son-in-law, Gary Fagan were by her side as she slipped peacefully into an eternal sleep. Vista Care Hospice of Sparks, Nevada took wonderful care of her during her final days.

Born Donna Peterson on September 14, 1922 in Warren, she was the daughter of David and Martha (Knudsen) Peterson. She was raised in Warren during her younger years and she graduated from Warren High School in 1940. Early in 1945 she met her sole mate in Kenneth Ballentine in East Grand Forks and on June 15, 1945 they were united in marriage. Kenneth and Donna lived in the Grand Forks area until 1950 when they decided to head out west to California where they both worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft. Later on she worked at Deluxe Check Printers until the early 1970’s. During those years in California, both Kenneth and Donna were active in the Moose Lodge holding ranking positions in the fraternal organization.

After Kenneth retired, they decided to move to a more scenic and peaceful setting, and in 1975 they packed up the family and moved to Orem, Utah. Sadly, Kenneth passed away just five short years later on April 5, 1980. Donna remained in Utah until 1988 with her mother Martha by her side. Over the next 10 years she moved back to California, then back to Warren, finally settling in 1999 in Sparks, Nevada where she could be close to her only daughter and her husband.

She was survived by her only daughter and son-in-law Julianne and Gary Fagan of Sparks Nevada, and her only grandson, Dave Yaeck and his wife Chandra of Santa Clarita, California. She also had two great grandchildren in Taylor and Adam Yaeck. She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, sister Lucille Larson, and an infant brother.

Over her 85 years, Donna Ballentine had touched the hearts of many across this country and had made many friends along the way. Her dry wit and fun loving personality will be remembered by so many as they think of all the good times they had with her and she will also be remembered for all the smiles she put on peoples faces. There will never be anyone like her. God really has a treat in Heaven because now Donna Ballentine has finally come home.

DuBore Funeral Home

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky