Longtime Craig resident Marian Elizabeth Balleck died Feb. 24, 2006, at the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was 82.
Marian Elizabeth Jordan was born on May 28, 1924, in Alamosa, to Owen Pinkstaff and Ruth (Taylor) Jordan. The family moved to Morapos Creek in Northwest Colorado while Marian was still very young. She attended school in Morapos Creek, where she rode a horse daily to school. She graduated from high school in Craig.
Marian attended Mesa State College, where she studied business.
On April 10, 1948, Marian married Joseph Daniel Balleck in Craig, and to this union four children were born. 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 as her children were growing up and for years on the Moffat County Election Board serving as an election judge.
Her children recalled that in their years growing up, the only days that they can remember their mother not being at home when they left in the morning and returned in the afternoon was on Election Day.
Marian enjoyed crocheting, gardening, canning and fishing.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Dorothy Tiemann and Lucy Snodgrass; her brothers, Varnel, Harry, Bob and Ray Jordan; and her husband, Joseph Balleck.
She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Jones of Hayden, and Betty and her husband Dan McIntyre of Craig; her sons, David and his wife Carol Balleck of Craig, and Dennis and his wife Shirley Balleck of Craig; her grandchildren, Carmen and her husband Tony Edwards, Justin McIntyre, Patrick Conniff, Levi and his wife Neisha Balleck, Keith Balleck, Kyle and his wife Autumn Balleck, Brandon Balleck, Kaylene and her husband Randy Merrick, Kayla and her husband Hank Elfgrin, and Mary Dean and her husband Dana Mayhugh; step-grandchildren Travis and his wife Ryan Jones, Traci and her husband Chad Day, and Karen and her husband 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.
Memorial services were held Feb. 28, 2006, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Craig with Father James Fox officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Colorado VNA and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary at 621 Yampa Avenue, Craig, CO 81625.