Melba Louise Ballingham Smith

Melba Louise Ballingham Smith was born in Grouse Creek, Utah on June 5, 1910, a daughter of Albert James and Louisa Emiline Paskett Ballingham.

I had the following brothers and sisters, Bertha Mae, Lester Albert, Mertrice Geneva, Verda Emily, George William, Treasa Venette, and James Wendell.

I was reared and educated in Grouse Creek, one year in Ogden, Utah and married Eldred Smith in Salt Lake City.

I am a member of the LDS Church. I was organist for many years in the different organizations and active in most auxiliaries. I have also done Temple work.

After leaving Grouse Creek I worked in Lucin, Utah. I later lived in Ogden for several years and was employed at Ogden Knitting Mills. While there I went to school at night and studied designing and pattern making for ladies wear. I was then employed at Utah Tailoring Mills. I was also employed at Juliette of Hollywood in Los Angeles and ladies wear in Denver, Colorado.

I have been a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers for thirty years. I have been organist most of that time. I have lived in Sunset, Utah in our present home for thirty-four years.

Melba passed away at her home Wednesday, July 23, 2008. She was 98 years old. She is buried in Washington Heights Memorial Park.