Marian Elizabeth Balleck


Marian Elizabeth Balleck


Marian Elizabeth (Jordan) Balleck was born May 28, 1924, in Alamosa, the daughter of Owen Pinkstaff and Ruth (Taylor) Jordan. The family moved to Morapos Creek in Northwest Colorado while Marian was young.

She attended school in Morapos Creek, where she rode a horse daily to get to school, and she graduated from high school in Craig.

Marian then attended Mesa State College, where she studied business.

On April 10, 1948, Marian married Joseph Daniel Balleck in Craig. They had four children. They made their home at the family ranch on Elkhead and lived there for many years until failing health forced them to move into town to live with their daughter.

Marian worked as a secretary for the ASCS years ago, but her primary interest was being with and caring for her family.

She was a member of the Fortification Extension Homemakers Club and St. Michael Catholic Church. She served as a 4-H leader while her children were growing up and for years was on the Moffat County Election Board, serving as an election judge.

Her children recalled that in all their years growing up, the only days that they can remember their mother not being home when they left in the morning and returned in the afternoon was on election days.

She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, canning and fishing.

Marian died Feb. 24, 2006, at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab Center in Craig.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Jones, of Hayden, and Betty (Dan) McIntyre, of Craig; two sons, David (Carol) Balleck, of Craig, and Dennis (Shirley) Balleck, of Craig; grandchildren Carmen (Tony) Edmonds, Justin McIntyre, Patrick Conniff, Levi (Neisha) Balleck, Keith Balleck, Kyle (Autumn) Balleck, Brandon Balleck, Kaylene (Randy) Merrick, Kayla (Hank) Elfgrin and Mary Dean (Dana) Mayhugh; step-grandchildren Travis (Ryan) Jones, Traci (Chad) Day and Karen (Will) Cory; great-grandchildren Danielle and Lanie Edmonds, Shane Balleck, Kuyler Mayhugh, Devin Balleck, Kaylena Elfgrin; and step-great-grandchildren Isabelle and Hannah Jones, Gracie and Faith Day and Jessica and Jayden Cory.

Her parents, sisters Dorothy Tiemann and Lucy Snodgrass, brothers Varnel, Harry, Bob and Ray Jordan and her husband preceded her in death.

Memorial services were Feb. 28, 2006, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Craig with Father James Fox officiating.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary.

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