WAYNESVILLE — Judith “Judy” Ruff Ballinger, age 80, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Memorial Mission Hospital. She was born in Haywood County on March 21, 1939 to the late Robert “Roy” and Velma Pressley Ruff.

Judy was a lifetime member of Hazelwood Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed singing in the choir at church on Sunday. She retired from Haywood Savings and Loan.

In addition to her parents, She is preceded in death by her husband, First Sgt. John Ballinger.

Left to cherish her memory are aunt and uncle Vaughn and Norma Pressley of Fletcher, North Carolina; sister-in-law, Betty (Ray) Rouser of Waynesville, North Carolina; brother-in-law, Edward “Eddie” Ballinger of Peru, Indiana and a host of cousins.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019, in the Chapel of Garrett Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Thursday prior to the service from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be held at Green Hill Cemetery.

The family would like to express many thanks to the Rev. Gary Putnam and wife, Geneva; the Rev. Patrick Womack and Kathy; and the staff at Memorial Mission Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hazelwood Presbyterian Church, c/o Missions Fund, P.O. Box 67, Hazelwood, NC 28738.

Garrett Funeral Home is caring for the family. A message of comfort may be made to the family at www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com.

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