My mother, Louisa Emiline Paskett Ballingham was born in Grouse Creek, Box Elder County, Utah on November 29, 1883. Her mother was Sarah Ann Henefer, her father William Pope Paskett. She married Albert James Ballingham in the Salt Lake Temple on April 7, 1904. They had eight children. They were: Bertha Mae, Melba Louise, Lester Albert, Mertrice Geneva, Verda Emily, George William, Treasa Venette, and James Wendell. Her siblings were: Sarah Patience, Penelope Ann, William James, Louisa Emaline, Cora May and Lillian.
Her mother died when she was only six years of age. Her father married again. She and her brother and sisters were raised by their stepmother. She had to work hard to help out. She always worked hard. She also taught us to work. We learned to do many things. She taught all us girls to sew. She taught me to crochet and embroidery when I was very young. She taught us all to cook and clean house.
She also liked to work in the garden. She liked flowers, so we had beautiful flowers all summer long.
She held positions in the church and helped in many ways.
She made many quilts and corded the wool to make them with. She made our underwear out of flour sacks she had bleached. With eight children to feed she had plenty of flour sacks.
After my father died in June 1941, she sold the home and dry farm in the canyon. She bought a home in Ogden, Utah where her children were living. She worked at Hill Air Force Base and later worked at Utah Tailoring Mills.
She died in Ogden, Utah on January 9, 1958. She was buried by my father in Ogden, Utah.
Submitted by Melba Smith