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.

Grouse Creek Ward Choir at the Ogden Tabernacle
Back Row: Don Wakefield, Nadine Simpson, Ida Kimber, Louise Barlow, Wanda Blanthorn, Nola Richins Kimber, Martha Richins, Pearl Douglas Harris, Jennie Douglas Richins, Amy Simpson, Amanda Tanner Paskett, Ralva Paskett, Alta Tanner, Melba Ballingham
Middle Row: Vonda Hadfield, Myrl Hadfield, Elsie Kimber, Barbara Blanthorn, Sarah Roberts, Adella Barlow, Mary Roberts, Sarah Tanner, Adele Carson, Emily Kimber, LaVerne Barlow, Louie Ballingham, Rhea Paskett
Front Row: Claude Wakefield, Elwood Wakefield, Lyman Kimber, Miles E. Wakefield, Joseph Kimber, Newell Richins, LeGrande Horsley, William P. Paskett, Albert Ballingham, Robert Paskett