JEAN BALLANTYNE VALDEZ passed away peacefully March 15, 2016 of
complications of Alzheimer's disease.
Jean was born August 18, 1939 in Franklin, Idaho to Thomas and
Beatrice Handy Ballantyne. Jean grew up in Orem Utah surrounded by
her brothers Dale, Bob Dick and Don and her sister Ruth. Her father
passed away at a young age and her family learned the value of hard
work and dedication to one another.
Our mother met and married the love of her life Fred Valdez on March
2, 1957 in Provo, Utah. Our parents shared 25 years together raising
their four children Rick, Terry, Tami and Tony. Our home was a place
where many happy memories were made. Mom enjoyed backyard parties,
home cooking and camping trips with our Valdez family and many
Mom was employed at the Utah State Hospital she later worked and
retired as a laboratory secretary at UVRMC in Provo Utah. Her
co-workers remember her for her pleasant smile, delicious treats and
Later in life mom shared many happy years with her companion "Vernon"
Dee Fraughton. Together they enjoyed their beautiful flower and
vegetable garden. They traveled and spent many hours on the back deck
spoiling their dogs Chickie, Gracie and Spunky.
Mom was proceeded in death by her parents, our father Fred Valdez, her
brothers Dale and Dick Ballantyne, sister Ruth Gardner and her
grandson Colby Adams; who waits with open arms to greet her.
Family meant everything to mom she was survived by Rick (Bonnie)
Valdez, Terry (David) Schouten, Tami (K.C.) Visser, Tony (Jennifer)
Valdez, Vernon Dee Fraughton. 6 grandchildren and 11
Our family would like to express love and appreciation to our mother's
caregivers. Kerri and Melanie Burton, Angie and the staff at Mountain
Aire Assisted Living, Cami. Bonnie and the I Care Hospice Staff.
In honor of our mother a celebration of her life will be held Saturday
March 19, 2016 from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M.at the home of Tony and Jennifer
Valdez 9054 South 6200 West Payson, Utah (West Mountain).
In lieu of flowers we ask that you donate to a charity of your choice
or plant a flower in memory of our mom.