Louise Barlow Ballingham was born in Etna, Box Elder County, Utah on February 4, 1913, a daughter of Jesse and Annie Paskett Barlow. Her brothers and sisters are Emma, Roy Jesse, Melvin, Joseph Lester, Francis, Adella, Sidney Raymond and Inez LaVern.
Louise spent most of her childhood in Grouse Creek. She attended grades one through ten at the three-room sand stone schoolhouse. School was very easy for Louise and she loved helping others.
She was raised in a home where love, affection and the golden rule presided. There was always order but you were made welcome as if you were one of the family while you were there.
She was a good cook and kept goodies ready at all times. Donuts were a speciality of hers and she shared them with everyone she could.
Louise had a good sense of humor and could laugh at herself and silly things that happened. She had a very good-natured disposition.
Louise married George Edward Ballingham on May 29, 1935 in the Salt Lake Temple. She became the stepmother of Ronald and Olene and later had three children of her own, Rosalie, and twins, Wilber and Warren.
After they were married, George carried the U.S. mail from Grouse Creek to Lucin, Utah. Louise used to churn butter and George would sell the milk and butter to the people in Lucin. They moved from Grouse Creek to Burley, Idaho before moving to Sparks, Nevada in 1961, later to Sun Valley, Nevada. Louise was Postmaster at Palisade, Nevada for ten years.
She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, serving in many positions, especially in the Relief Society.
Louise died on July 4, 1984 at Sparks Family Hospital in Sparks, Nevada. She had lived a good life and she was ready to go. She was buried in the Grouse Creek Cemetery.