Helen I. Ballas 1926-2017

NEWTON FALLS — Helen Irene Ballas, 90, of Newton Falls, passed away peacefully into eternal rest Saturday, June 10, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Dec. 25, 1926, in Washington, Pa., the daughter of the late David R. and Martha Lillian Cain Smith.

Helen married Edwin Michael Ballas Jan. 15, 1949. Helen and Edwin were blessed with 67 years of wonderful marriage before his passing Feb. 29, 2016.

Helen worked at Trumbull Lamp for over 30 years. She was a member of First Church of God in Newton Falls and its Golden Agers. Helen enjoyed playing bingo.

Mom was all about enjoying life. She always said things like, “Enjoy life while you can,” “Go while you can,” “Do the things you want to do while you have your health.”

She enjoyed leading the Golden Agers at the church and taking many bus trips with them.

Mom was a great cook. While her children were growing up and throughout their adult years, she made Sunday dinner with the whole family present. When she wasn’t cooking at home, she was bringing full-course meals out to the Lake Milton Boat Club, where the family enjoyed years of boating, tubing and water skiing.

“Peace at any price” was one of her slogans. She never liked arguing and believed peace was essential in a family. Everyone had the right to agree to disagree but never to stop talking or listening to one another. Everyone had a right to their opinion, however, and were reminded that “God hears every word that is spoken.”

There was lots of laughter and singing together in the family, some of the best times and memories. God was the Head of the household, and she and dad led by example.

God and family were most important to her and would be the rich legacy she would leave her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family will treasure times of worshiping together and building a strong foundation in Jesus, so that one day, the Lord would say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

The family would like to express sincere appreciation and gratitude to “our devoted family and caregivers,” with special thanks to Dottie and Michael Rigelsky, Pat Maiden, Donna and George Ritenour, Marie Burrows and Allie Gumont. The family would also like to thank Dr. DeMario, Candy and Stephanie, The Department on Aging, especially, Sherita and to Southern Care and Jason, “You truly made our days lighter.”

Loving memories of Helen will be carried on by her daughters, Sherry (Edward) Freisen of Newton Falls and Linda S. Ballas of Holland, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Cynthia “Ballas” (Gary) Gray of Cortland; grandchildren, Kalin (Jeff) Myers, Andrea (Ben) Gumont and Bethany (Doug) Hughes; and great-grandchildren, Olivia, Grant and Karlee Myers, Allie and Emma Gumont, and Brady, Avery and Addison Hughes.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; two sons, John David and Ronald Edwin Ballas; and five brothers, Wilbur, Donald, Howard, Arthur and Herbert Smith.

Calling hours will be 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, June 19, 2017, at First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444, where funeral services will immediately follow at 11 a.m. Sister Odessa Pinkard will be officiating. Helen will be laid to rest next to her husband, Edwin, and with her son, John David, in Newton Falls Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444; 330-872-5440. Family and friends may view Helen’s obituary online, and to send condolences to her family, please visit www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com.

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